Caused by Misinformation
By Don Bennett, DAS
We can all agree that misinformation is, in general, a bad thing. But
when it concerns health information, incorrect and/or misleading info
can cause needless suffering and premature death. This is why people like
me have devoted our lives to dispelling incorrect health information,
for how can you make informed decisions regarding your health, when your
decision-making process is hampered by false facts.
Lets take diabetes for example. This is a serious disease. Normally
your body controls the amount of sugar thats fed to your cells.
It does this every second of every minute of every hour of every day.
But when you take over this function and control your blood
sugar manually a few times a day, somethings gotta suffer.
Its one thing if there is no choice, and your body is no longer
capable of doing its job, but my experience has been that there are a
lot of people with diabetes who honestly believe they can
only manage their illness, and hope that one day there will be a cure,
when they neednt have the illness at all. Why do these folks believe
something thats not true? Lack of information, or worse, misinformation.
But you can't blame the MDs; they can only share with you what they've
been taught. And likewise you can't fault the well-intentioned laypeople
who've also been programmed with the party line of diabetes management
as the only way to deal with diabetes, and other misinformation like fruit
is bad if you have diabetes. This is why it's best to not be a student
when it comes to diabetes information, but instead be a researcher; students
don't tend to question what they're told/taught, but researchers do this
as a matter of course. So if you want 100% correct information, learn
as a researcher.
If you study the current diabetes info available on Medline, youll
discover there are almost 600 new diabetes studies featuring many different
theories and conclusions. A good example of misinterpretation (and Im
being kind here), is the study that shows that absence of breast-feeding
is associated with the risk of type 1 diabetes, thus the search is on
for the substance in breast milk that helps prevent diabetes. Is it lost
on mainstream researchers that if a baby is not being fed breast milk,
it is being fed something else, and that maybe its what is being
fed in breast milk's place thats increasing the risk of diabetes,
and not the other way around. Well, we probably have profit motive to
thank for research going down the wrong path.
But lets now wander down the right path: Is there research that
links cows milk consumption with diabetes? Have a look at this study
published in The Lancet on December 14, 1996, Cows
milk proteins are unique in one respect: in industrialized countries they
are the first foreign proteins entering the infant gut, since most formulations
for babies are cow milk-based. The first pilot stage of our IDD [insulin-dependent
diabetes] prevention study found that oral exposure to dairy milk proteins
in infancy resulted in both cellular and immune response...this suggests
the possible importance of the gut immune system to the pathogenesis of
And four years earlier the New England Journal of Medicine reported,
Studies have suggested that bovine [cow] serum albumin is the milk
protein responsible for the onset of diabetes... Patients with insulin-dependent
diabetes mellitus produce antibodies to cow milk proteins that participate
in the development of islet dysfunction [the part of the pancreas that
makes insulin]... Taken as a whole, our findings suggest that an active
response in patients with IDD (to the bovine protein) is a feature of
the autoimmune response. So there is mighty compelling information
to suggest that those folks who are predisposed to diabetes should refrain
from consuming cow milk, but Ive looked, and I dont see that
warning printed on milk cartons (or the warning that the IGF-1 [insulin-like
growth factor] in cow milk acts like gasoline being poured on a fire,
the fire being any as-of-yet undiagnosed cancer you may have). In fact,
I recently saw an "independent researcher" telling TV viewers
that dairy foods can help prevent diabetes!
While strolling through a mall the other day, I was asked to donate money
to help find the cure for diabetes. Since the majority of people with
diabetes have type 2 (insulin resistant), and since I know that many people
with type 2 diabetes may rid themselves of it by eating a "special"
diet, as far as Im concerned, there is already a cure for diabetes.
This "special" diet is nothing more than the diet a human being
is designed to eat (hint: you can find the majority of these foods in
a good grocery stores produce department). The problem is, in our
culture, this diet is unheard of, so when it's suggested as a means of
alleviating diabetes (or other maladies), people scoff at the notion.
But if eating what youre designed to eat, and not eating what youre
not designed to eat means your blood sugar level stays within normal parameters
without your intervention (testing and diabetes medications), which
means that, technically, you dont have diabetes, Id go down
that road because nothing does a better job of regulating blood
sugar than a well-functioning blood sugar regulatory system. And if someone
who is predisposed to diabetes gets diabetes because they live a non-human
lifestyle, especially diet-wise, well, to me that sounds like a normal,
natural response, and thus not something that can be "cured".
But since there are a lot of people who want to be able to have their
cake and eat it too (literally), a search for a cure will continue...
but dont hold your breath. There is never going to
be a medical cure for type 2 diabetes, cancer, etc., because they are
perfectly natural; they are a natural result of someones lifestyle.
Its just like there will never be a cure for the common cold because
it's a natural result of a natural condition. [Plus, if someone actually
did come up with a way to make cancer or diabetes go away with just a
one-dose pill, they'd be gunned down, run over, and blown up... there's
no way the cancer or diabetes industries will permit something like that
to ruin them.]
Bottom line, if you want the best odds of avoiding diabetes, and other
degenerative diseases, consider living as Nature intended, and be on the
lookout for one of the biggest causes of illness; misinformation.
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