Monday, November 20, 2006

Every Diabetic Needs To Read This Column

Stop whatever you are doing right now and go read this Men's Health column written by Adam Campbell. Whether you or someone you know has diabetes and believes they are stuck taking insulin shots for the rest of their life, this article will absolutely change everything you ever thought you knew about diabetes upside down on its head!

Campbell, who I previously blogged about being a supporter of livin' la vida low-carb, puts forth some very strong arguments for ignoring the dietary recommendations of the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) because they are only making the health problems of Americans that much worse.

In his brilliant column entitled "The Cure For Diabetes," Campbell looks at the medical practice of Dr. Mary C. Vernon, a renowned medical doctor who is going against all the recommendations that her fellow physicians are giving their patients and simply curing hers with the use of the low-carb lifestyle.

With the evidence mounting that low-carb diets are the most effective way to naturally manage diabetes without the use of drugs or insulin, Campbell does an excellent job of weaving this fact with quotes from the best and brightest scientific experts on the low-carb nutritional approach as Dr. Richard Feinman, Dr. William Yancy, and Dr. Jeff Volek.

Oh, you'll get the scripted answer from the ADA as well, but they're not buying the low-carb solution. Too fatty, too risky, takes away from them making money off of people with the disease. Oops, did I just say that out loud? Yep, I did, and it's as true blue as a cow goes moo! They also think people are too stupid to do the right thing with diet and exercise, so they push their diabetes pills like they're candy. What are these people thinking?!

Be prepared to get angry, frustrated and then relieved to know we have the answer for diabetics staring us right in the face: it's the low-carb lifestyle whether the ADA will ever admit to it or not.

By the way, Dr. Mary Vernon regularly answers questions about the low-carb lifestyle with her "Ask Dr. Vernon" blog and is delighted to offer her expert opinion to your questions in language that anyone can understand. She is on the frontlines of the low-carb battle as a treatment option for diabetes and obesity.

People who support the low-carb lifestyle owe this woman a great deal of support for being willing to stick her neck out for what she believes in. If it works and people are getting healthy, then why wouldn't the ADA want to have more Mary Vernons out there in the world, hmmm? It makes you really wonder what their priorities are, doesn't it?

THANKS again to Adam Campbell for this remarkable blow-by-blow piece that shows why now more than ever proponents of livin' la vida low-carb should be emboldened and proud of this nutritional approach that is quite literally saving the lives of those who have the guts to do it. Several studies have been made public confirming the low-carb diabetes treatment approach, including this, this, and this. And we already have carb-counting diabetes seminars beginning to take place in hospitals across the country.

Are you a diabetic who feels you are stuck sticking yourself with insulin shots for the rest of your life? Then perhaps trying the low-carb lifestyle could be the first step in bringing your blood sugar under control and quite possibly reducing or eliminating your need for insulin ever again. If you would like more information about how to do this, then pick up a copy of the book Atkins Diabetes Revolution, co-written by Dr. Mary Vernon. It could very well change your life forever!

Print out this article and post a copy of it on your refrigerator and freely distribute copies of it to every diabetic you know who needs to read the cold hard truth. The days of just settling are over. It's time for taking action that will make you better and low-carb may be just what the doctor ordered.

12-3-06 UPDATE: It shouldn't shock you that the ADA didn't take too kindly to Adam Campbell's column on low-carb diets and diabetes control. CLICK HERE to read their objections and Adam's succinct response to each of their charges. The ADA has been caught with their pants down and now they're trying to deflect attention away from the very real issues that Adam exposed in his column.

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Blogger Russ said...

Jimmy, here's how I introduced the same article on my livejournal earlier this evening:

"Men's Health tears the American Diabetes Association a new one out of which they may now presumably talk. If you have been looking suspiciously at my diabetes control approach the last few months, and I know full well some of you have, then you may be interested to know that I AM RIGHT HA HA:"

Seriously, it's like a breath of fresh air for those of us who've followed Dr. Bernstein and just stopped talking about it to people who gasped at our flouting of ADA law. A good end to an otherwise tough day. Glad you mentioned the article so others can either enjoy the fresh air -- or get their first breath of it.


11/20/2006 11:12 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm printed it and am giving a copy to my Dad when I see him at Thanksgiving.

11/21/2006 1:10 AM  
Blogger Science4u1959 said...

Bravo, Jimmy! Another classic post. Keep telling it like it is, my friend!

11/21/2006 1:31 AM  
Blogger Science4u1959 said...

I read that Adam Campbell article again and again. Absolutely wonderful, and very accessible and readable. Why isn't this front page news on bloody CNN, hmmm?

I took the liberty of emailing it to them, with the suggestion to publish some REAL news for a change. No reply, of course. And Mary Vernon deserves a statue, as far as I am concerned.

As for the ADA, I can't divulge my feelings about them and their annual #%$^&* $51M budget (excluding the "sponsors") here without resorting to very, very nasty language... :)

11/21/2006 2:01 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I also printed a copy and gave it to a woman down the hall with a diabetic husband.

11/22/2006 1:20 AM  
Blogger renegadediabetic said...

Excellent article. I have been doing low carb since 2 months after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, so it just confirmed what I already knew. It will give me more ammo to refute the anti-low-carb people.

Regina Wilshire has beed doing a series of posts on diabetes at Weight of the Evidence for National Diabetes Month (Nov). She also highlighted the article. The beauty of it is, you can forget all preconceived notions and all theories about low-fat or low-carb. Just take a scientific, evidence-based approach -- use a glucose meter to see how different foods affect your blood sugar and in what quatities. Those who have done that have discovered that low carb is best for controlling blood sugar. The only drawback is that you have to give yourself permission to deviate from the standard dietary advice given to diabetics -- something many, no doubt, are reluctant to do.

11/22/2006 9:48 AM  

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