In response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat of diabetes, The International Diabetes Federation and The World Health Organization created World Diabetes Day on November the 14th, 1991.
The campaign is designed to draw attention to issues faced by diabetics, and to keep prevention of the disease firmly in the public spotlight. It’s a worthy cause. Nonetheless, considering the alarming growth rate of diabetes in today’s society, it appears the message is not getting across.
Data from the 2007 National Diabetes Fact Sheet (the most recent year for which data is available) 1)
Total: 23.6 million children and adults in the United States—7.8% of the population—have diabetes.
Diagnosed: 17.9 million people
Undiagnosed: 5.7 million people
Pre-diabetes: 57 million people
New Cases: 1.6 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older each year.
I would like to put another spin on the official World Diabetes campaign by encouraging people to research natural cures for diabetes. You may like to view this astonishing independent documentary called “Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days.” The film chronicles six diabetic Americans who switch to an organic, raw vegan diet in order to reverse the disease without pharmaceutical medication.
There is currently a special DVD offer for World Diabetes Day, if you are interested click here for the DVD…
In honor of what we have learned to be possible I have included a wonderful testimonial given to Victoria Boutenko by Alex Romanov. Alex was able to stop taking insulin by drinking green smoothies and staying on the raw diet.
Reversing Diabetes Testimonial by Alex Romanov
My name is Alex Romanov, and I am writing this in thanksgiving for the help I received from the Boutenko family, which has forever changed my life.
As an adult, I was diagnosed as a type one diabetic. This was determined by the results of a C-peptide assay performed at Century City Hospital in LA, California while under the care of Dr. Englanoff. I was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia and a septic condition of the blood. I was in end-stage diabetic Ketoacidosis. It was determined that my body was no longer producing insulin.
The news that I was diabetic came as a total shock! Looking back, I realize that I had been experiencing various symptoms for some time. These included frequent urination, insatiable thirst, pain in my feet and legs, blurred vision and slow healing of cuts and bruises.
The diagnosis was devastating for me because, for many years, I had dabbled off and on with raw foods, and felt I was in control of my health. After reading Victoria’s Green for Life, I had added smoothies to my diet occasionally with great results. I now realize that it was those very smoothies that were keeping the diabetes at bay.
I spent 4 days in critical condition in the ICU followed by an additional five days in the hospital. During that time, I found it was difficult not to buy into the doctor’s dire predictions. I was told that my life would depend on my taking a large amount of insulin daily.
When I got out of the hospital, I was so sad. I felt like I had lost control of my health and this horrible “boogeyman” named diabetes had taken charge. I attended classes and clinics, and at every one, I was endlessly informed that I should expect one dire outcome after another. I was told that the numbness in my feet was Neuropathy and that it could one day lead to amputation. I was warned to have my vision checked because I may develop Retinitis which could lead to blindness. It was a constant diet of negative outcomes.
I was truly depressed about this, but I started to look to natural ways to deal with this. I was inspired to contact Victoria from whom I had received great advice several times in the past. I e-mailed her, described my condition and begged for her help. She e-mailed me back and said that Sergei would answer my question on his teleconference the next day.
I tuned in via the web, and at the exact time that I connected, I heard Valya reading my question! Sergei said that green smoothies were good for keeping his own blood sugar levels normal, especially with dandelion greens since they contain some insulin. He also shared that mango is healing to the pancreas. He said that the key to fruit smoothies was the fiber content which mitigates the sugar in the fruit.
I cannot describe the joy and relief I felt at that moment! Sergei’s own story inspired me, and his referral to the Raw Family’s April 2006 newsletter gave me so much hope (see newsletter archive on www.rawfamily.com).
The information in that newsletter described others who overcame diabetes, and it made me realize that if they could, I could!
I rushed off to the market and came home with dandelion greens, mangoes and blueberries ready to make a delicious, green smoothie! I measured my blood sugar before the smoothie and two hours after. I made two quarts intending to have only one quart and save the other. It was so wonderful that I ate all of it.
Of course I knew that having a “fruit smoothie” was forbidden by the standard diabetic diet. I was told that I could not have more than one half an apple or banana. I had just consumed four apples, blueberries and three large mangoes in smoothie form! I felt satiated and well. I tested my blood two hours later and my sugar was LOWER than the previous test. It was then that I knew I found the answer.
I stopped taking insulin that night. I have maintained my raw diet and have two quarts of smoothie per day. My sugar is 70 to 80 pre-meal and never more than 110 post-meal. As a result, I consider myself healed from diabetes since these are normal non diabetic levels. I have stopped going to the clinic and do not need further allopathic treatment.
Victoria and her family gave me back my health. I turned to them in a moment of darkness and despair, and they made me believe that I could have perfect health again and that with the proper nutrition, my body would heal this crisis. I cannot express in words how thankful I am. I am eating 100 percent raw with 2-3 quarts of green smoothie daily. My diet before was about 50 percent raw with some cooked vegan.
I understand that my story may be hard for some to accept. In this society, doctors are respected if not worshiped. When I was under their care at the hospital, I bought into their dire prognosis. I was surprised because it had been years since I believed in allopathy or conventional treatment.
The Boutenkos showed me that there is another way, a natural, pleasant way that ensures a wonderful outcome. I realized that I had a choice. I could believe in the allopathic approach OR I could believe in my own body’s natural ability to heal.
I attended the Raw Film Festival and could not wait to tell Victoria my story and thank her in person. One of the films shown was Valya Boutenko’s “Reversing the Irreversible” which touched me deeply! In the film, she says that health and well-being “…are as natural as water flowing down a stream” and that“…it is unnatural to be ill.” In the film, there are those who overcame their diabetes just as I had.
For me,the first step was being able to change my thinking. This is the extraordinary help that the Boutenko’s provide. They offer a personally tested strategy to attain well being and perfect health. I will always remember and be grateful for the hope that they gave me.
I hope my story will inspire others like me to choose a different way, to provide their wondrous bodies with the tools necessary to maintain perfect health. I encourage you to try green smoothies and raw food. Let your glucose meter be your guide as I did. Allopathy does NOT have all the answers, and there is an alternative. How blessed we are to have people like the Boutenko family who courageously share their love and hope with the world.
In this time, when disease has become prevalent in our society and the treatment of which is so profitable, their message reminds us that there is another way!
With deepest appreciation and respect,