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Victoria Boutenko on Curing Diabetes Naturally – Part 1

8 Comments 27 October 2009

Many people write to the Bountekos seeking ways to cure diabetes naturally.  I would like to share with you some of the information that Victoria compiled in 2006 and some snippets from her own family’s personal experience with curing diabetes through diet. Victoria first began gathering books, articles and testimonials about this disease when her youngest son Sergei was diagnosed with diabetes in 1993. The following is an overview of the facts, thoughts and experiences she considers to be most valuable.

The Boutenko’s experience with Diabetes

At the time my son was diagnosed, I was told that he had symptoms of type 1 diabetes. The doctor insisted that he had to go on insulin immediately.  However, the recent death of my dear grandmother was still fresh in my memory. She was killed by an overdose of insulin.

My grandmother Katherine had always  been a tremendous source of inspiration for me. Born in 1909, she was  adventurous enough to jump with a parachute at the age of 18 in 1927, when  airplane flights had just begun, and parachutes were rather bulky and unsafe.  She was an educated and well-mannered lady who managed to marry Count  Bulgakov, the cousin of the world-famous classical Russian writer, Michael Bulgakov.

My grandmother was one of the central figures in my family and her early death  was a big shock to us all. She had given herself the usual dose of insulin, but for  some reason, her body responded to it with a strong hypoglycemic reaction that  resulted in death. So of course, when the doctor pronounced that my son was  diabetic, the biggest threat to me was the idea of giving my child insulin shots.

I am aware that I am a very protective mother, and the motherly instincts are strong in me. While considering the treatment proposed for my son, I began  collecting and scrutinizing all the information I could get my hands on in order to  choose the optimal treatment for him. At first I could find nothing that even  devotedly suggested an alternative way of treating diabetes. I spent many hours in the  library, reading medical journals both new and old, with a stack of post-its and  a medical dictionary by my side marking everything that could help shed some  light on my understanding of my son’s disease. The very first book that brought  me hope and relief was the book, Reversing Diabetes, by Dr. Julian Whitaker. In  this book, Dr. Whitaker said, “Most diabetic patients can reasonably expect to  lower their insulin dose or eliminate oral diabetic medications. Some patients  may be able to stop injecting insulin altogether.”

Even though my doctor explained to me that my son’s pancreas was incapable of producing insulin, and he therefore had to immediately take insulin,  I strongly felt that if I didn’t try to correct his condition with diet first, I would be  devastated should unwanted complications from insulin occur later. It was a very  difficult decision to make. I never described in any of my books or conversations  what I had to go through during those first months, because I was afraid. I love  my children more than anything in the world, and I was afraid to lose my son  either to disease or to misunderstanding authorities. Even now, when my son  is 21 years old and vibrantly healthy, I still have some of those fears. I just want  to explain that my heart goes out to all the mothers and fathers of diabetic children  who have to go through the same torturous decisions. Very often I hear accusations  that I placed my son’s life at stake. Honestly I didn’t feel that way, because I was  always very close to him. I placed his bed in my own bedroom so that I could hear  his breathing day and night. I monitored his blood sugar several times a day, and  closely watched his symptoms.

I subscribed to most of the existing magazines that had to do with diabetes,  Diabetic Living, Diabetes Health, Diabetes Self-Management, and Diabetes Forecast.  I was seeking cures for my son everywhere. I changed my son’s diet dramatically several times. At first, I put him on the  diet that was at that time recommended for diabetics, a low carbohydrate, high protein,  and high fat diet. This didn’t help at all. On the contrary, it made his symptoms worse.  I was puzzled by the fact that the recommended diet for diabetics visibly worsened his  condition. I stumbled at such results. These consequences didn’t make any sense to me!  Consuming sugar raises the blood sugar. One would think, okay let me cut out sugars  (carbohydrates). However, when one cuts out carbohydrates, the blood sugar goes even higher! This is probably the biggest paradox associated with diabetes, and is responsible  for much of the confusion both among diabetics and the medical profession.

Driven by the quest to find what I should feed my child, I began searching for  more information and found many research documents that proved that the diabetic diet itself could cause diabetes. As early as 1927, a comprehensive study conducted  by Dr. J. Shirley Sweeney,3 demonstrated that the high fat, low carbohydrate diet used in  treating diabetic patients would cause diabetes in normal people. Dr. Sweeney also found  that when those who had blood sugar levels indicative of diabetes changed their diets from  a high fat or high protein diet to a high carbohydrate diet, their diabetes disappeared!

Dr. Sweeney concluded that, “If you want a quick case of diabetes, just eliminate the  carbohydrates from your diet for a couple of days and then take the test. It will demonstrate  diabetes.”

In the early 1930s, another researcher, Dr. H.P. Himsworth4 published several  articles that contained information similar to Sweeney’s.  Like Sweeney, he demonstrated  that in a normal individual, a fat-rich or protein-rich diet could bring on diabetes, which  could be eliminated by a carbohydrate-rich diet. He revealed that diabetes could be induced to various degrees depending on the fat content of an individuals diet.

In 1932, yet another doctor, I.M. Rabinowitch5, put the high carbohydrate diet  to work in patients with great success and was baffled that his observations and results  were so different from the commonly accepted beliefs.

In 1935, 24% of Rabinowitch’s patients who had been on the high carbohydrate –  low calorie diet for five years were successfully withdrawn from insulin. Insulin requirements  were reduced in almost all the participants who still required it. The patients felt better, had  more energy, and lived more comfortably. He concluded: “I believe that in the data  presented here there is incontestable evidence that the high carbohydrate – low calorie diet is more effective in controlling diabetes than all other methods of treatment reported hitherto.”

In 1976, still another doctor, James W. Anderson, M.D6., began searching for the best  diet composition for a diabetic patient. He compared the ADA diet recommendations with  a high-carbohydrate, high- fiber diet on 13 diabetic men. These patients were all receiving  medication to control their blood glucose: eight were on insulin for a number of years, and five were taking oral drugs. At the hospital, these patients were first stabilized for one week  on the ADA diet recommendations, which contained only 43% carbohydrate calories and  about 4.7 grams of crude fiber. They were then shifted to a diet containing 75% carbohydrate  calories, only 9% fat calories, and 14.2 grams of crude fiber.

The results were almost unbelievable. A simple dietary shift rendered nearly 70% of  the patients drug fee, and 50% insulin free! This suggests that of the 20.8 million diabetics  in America7 who are taking some form of diabetic medication, about 14.7 million could  possibly become drug free if they were placed on a high-carbohydrate, high-fiber diet!

Once I read these studies, I completely eliminated animal fat and almost all animal  protein from my son’s diet. As soon as I made this change, both my son and I quickly saw  positive results. My son’s symptoms noticeably reduced, but his blood sugar remained  higher than normal, and he was still beleaguered by an un-quenchable thirst. Other  symptoms of diabetes were also present even though their form was much milder.

Approximately at this time, I learned about the raw food diet, and after several  weeks of extensive reading and research about benefits of this lifestyle, my family switched  to an all-raw diet on January 21st, 1994. This dietetic change immediately improved my son’s  condition still further.

Soon thereafter, I learned about the necessity of aerobic exercise for every diabetic,  regardless of type. As Dr. Whitaker described in his book8, “Aerobic exercise enhances the  body’s sensitivity to  insulin and is recommended because it significantly lowers the insulin requirement. An exercise program should be prescribed for the diabetic patient in the same  way that medication or diet is prescribed.”

Indeed exercise proved to be instrumental in helping my son keep his blood sugar  under control. On many nights when my son would have a glucose level of 350 or more  and was unable to fall asleep, I would go for a two mile run with him, sometimes after  midnight, to bring his sugar level back down to 120. All of this took a great deal of effort.  I had to quit working outside the house and create a business at home, so that I could  closely monitor my son’s condition. To my great relief, he began doing better and  better each day.

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Next week I will post the remainder of this article where Victoria talks about diagnosing diabetes correctly.

REFERENCES

1 - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National diabetes fact sheet: general information and national estimates on diabetes in the United States, 2005. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2005.

2 - Dramatic Upsurge In Diabetes-related Deaths And Illnesses Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Article Date: 01 Mar 2006, Contact Karen Gardner: kgardner@aecom.yu.edu

3 - American Medical Association of January 16, 1926

4 - Reversing Diabetes, by Julian M. Whitaker, M.D.  New York: Warner Books, Inc., 1987.

5 - “The Present Status of the High Carbohydrate-Low Calorie Diet for the Treatment of Diabetes,”Canadian Medical Association Journal 26:46-148, 1932

6 - “Beneficial Effects of a High Carbohydrate, High Fiber Diet on Hyperglycemic Diabetic Men,” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 29:895-899, 1976

7 - http://www.diabetes.org/uedocuments/NationalDiabetesFactSheetRev.pdf

8 - Reversing Diabetes, by Julian M. Whitaker, M.D.  New York: Warner Books, Inc., 1987.

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  1. I can’t tell you how much it means to me to read your blog. After my son was diagnosed with diabetes last july at the age of 9 I too searched for ways to get him off insulin. After being home for 2 days watching his blood sugar jump from 80 to 500 from breakfast to lunch, I put him on a low carb high protein diet. He started on 20 units of insulin when we left the hospital (DKA) and because of the low carb diet we have him down to 3 units of insulin. So very close to getting him off insulin, his blood sugars began to change and the last month he averaged 250. The doctor said this was normal, but as his mother, I was not happy. So 11 days ago both him and I started on a raw diet in hopes of getting him off of the remainder of insulin. The only drawback to the diet he was on was that his cholesterol went up to 330! But in giving him 1 smoothie every day for 3 months, this reduced his cholesterol down to 290. I look forward to seeing what the raw diet does with his cholesterol. Our biggest struggle currently is that his body seems to be insulin resistant. So after reading the above blog, I am wondering if the meat is causing his body to be this way. I am hopeful of getting him off insulin using the raw diet. We are only taking it one day at a time. I agree with you that the hardest part is wanting to do the very best for your sons body, yet everyone seems to think you are crazy for now following “the norm”.

  2. emilyb says:

    Dear Rebecca – Thank you so much for sharing your story. Many people write to us asking about was to tackle diabetes in children, it is very difficult for us to give medical advice, so the more testimonials we can gather then better. Pressure from other people to follow the conventional way is a HUGE challenge, so finding like minded people for support is important. Wishing you and your son all the best on this remarkable journey.

  3. It’s always nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained! I’m sure you had fun writing this article.Excellent entry! I’m been looking for topics as interesting as this. Looking forward to your next post.

  4. Roxie Dzuro says:

    Hi! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I genuinely enjoy reading through your blog posts. Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same subjects? Thanks!


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