Diabetes sucks! I hate when someone tells me something is impossible and makes me feel powerless.
Years ago I battled the dreaded MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) for six months after ankle surgery. Of course, I got it on my face. It was impossible to miss. My face looked like I had 3rd degree pustulating burns. It was awful. I was on four different antibiotics. And finally at the end of my battle the infectious disease doctor turned to me and said, “See you in a couple of months.” “For what a follow up?” I asked. He laughed. “For more antibiotics. Nearly all the cases like yours recur. We don’t know why. But MRSA can be lifelong.”
He was nice enough and not trying to be hope-crushing, but he was. And I hate that. I told myself, “No $&%^! way am I going through that again.” I decided I’d show him. And I did.
It’s now been over six years. Sure, I’ve had recurrences, when I’m too stressed or tired. But I’ve managed them myself. It wasn’t easy, but I did. My face is clear and I remain pustule-free. And the more I experiment and listen to my body, the bigger the gaps become between the recurrences.
I share it because I think there’s a similarity. Diabetes is a personal journey, and at times battle. If you sit back and just think, “Well, I’m taking my meds I’m fine. It’s under control….” you’re most likely on the path of becoming a statistic.
I’m not saying to not follow your doc’s advice – that’s wrong. You need to follow your doc’s advice. But what I’m saying is, if you’re not researching, experimenting, engaging, adjusting your habits and life – you’re not in control.
The number of diabetes sufferers has risen from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014.* This is a growing massive epidemic in the lower to middle class income brackets. Type 1 diabetes, is not known to be preventable. It’s onset is in childhood and can be cause by any number of triggers, some unknown, other possibly viral. Type 2 can be prevented, delayed, and treated with diet, physical activity, medication and regular screening and treatment for complications.
My theory is, those are the people working the hardest, with the least amount of time and resources for self-care, who are struggling to keep their family affloat in this crazy economic landscape. These are the backbone people, who think of themselves last, and are most likely to eat convenience foods that are terrible for their bodies.
I see this with my uncle, who suffers from Type 2 Diabetes. He escapes into a couple of pieces of pie and the injects himself with insulin. He’s come to accept this as his life. He’s given up. It’s heartbreaking to watch, but all too common.
Even now, that I am MRSA free (or symptom free), I put my family first. Sometimes I just want comfort food. I want to skip working out. I want to reward myself with my taste buds or a couple of margaritas. I want to escape. I want to give up. And I ocassionally do. But I try to not make it a habit. Because I know that too much escape will eventually become a trap. I think that’s how my uncle feels – like he’s trapped.
The MRSA experience taught me that I am the master of my body and health. And in that quest, I’m constantly sharing resources I think are valuable. I buy and read and attend dozens of books and programs – because I end up learning and taking something and integrating it into my own protocol.
The number of books, articles, and programs about diabetes are just as widespread as diabetes itself.
You’ve no doubt read your share. You may have tried a few programs and failed. Maybe you’ve been one of the lucky few and succeeded. Either way, you’ve got to be wondering, “What’s another book about diabetes going to teach me? Nothing has really worked for me so far?!”
But remember, just because you’ve failed every day up until today, does not mean that’s your fate. Unless you want to give up.
But if you’re a fighter, like me, you’ll recognize that you must always keep learning and adjusting. You realize there is no magic bullet. And you are looking to add to your health arsenal.
If that sounds like you, read on.
The 7 Steps to Health (The Big Diabetes Lie) is a book and program designed by Dr. Max Sidorov, a nutritionist and researcher that put together a plant based approach to controlling diabetes using diet.
I looked him up online and a haven’t found solid answers – if he’s really a doctor or a nutritionist.
But I’m OK with this because again, I’m looking to see if there is anything of value to me in his book (regardless of who this person is). I’ve read books by noted scientists and doctors, and found very little information that I’ve used. And then I’ve read books that have been written by “online charlatans” that have given me helpful tips.
I approach every book as ideas for self-experimentation.
Again, I’m a fighter on a quest.
The book suggests that with the lifestyle and dietary changes, people have been able to reduce (and in some situations) eliminate their diabetes medication, symptoms, and complications in a handful of weeks. Sounds interesting.
It promotes a primarily plant based, let “food be thy medicine” with some supplements to boot protocol.
I’m a big fan of plant based approaches and have read extensively – so this is founded in actual science.
The idea behind it circles around a molecule in the body (linked to inflammation) called LTB4.
Again, I looked this up and it too is founded in actual and recent science: This molecule which is linked to obesity, is believed to be the root cause of Type 2 diabetes. ( You can read about it here.) In fact, scientists have found that when they breed mice without this molecule, even when they’re obese, they don’t develop T2 diabetes.
So in the 7 Steps to Health (The Big Diabetes Lie), the idea is reduce this molecule via reducing inflammation through diet and lifestyle – which should reduce diabetes and it’s associated problems.
Given my research, this too makes sense. But I went one step further, I wanted to see if it’s actually possible in human beings. So I found an actual cardiologist using a minimally processed plant based protocol with his elderly patients and experiencing amazing success. Show me an 81 year old former overweight diabetic strut her stuff on the runway and I’m in.
The 7 Steps to Health will seem like a radical shift for most people eating the SAD (standard American Diet) and is most likely probably only for people serious about taking back control of their lives. You can download a sample of the book here.
I’m a bit of a health nut and I’m into ways to love my body. I want to increase my lifespan while decreasing disease and misery. I’m always reading different programs and experimenting: taking what works from one and mixing it with another. I’m interested in getting peak performance out of my body without spending an arm and a leg AND hours and hours at the gym. So for me, I like to be informed. I get that there isn’t a magic pill – there are only my habits and the small shifts in them that I can make that make me healthier and happier. So here is what I think about the 7 Steps to Health (The Big Diabetes Lie):
If you want to buy the book, you can go here and get it for a discounted $27.*
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