Reversing Disease, Reversing Culture

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by Gabriel Cousens, M.D.

In 2013, I released my revised edition of my book There Is a Cure for Diabetes, originally published in 2008. The revised edition included a review of the results for reversing diabetes in 120 Type 1 and Type 2 diabetic clients, occurring in the space between the editions, in my Diabetes Recovery Program at Tree of Life Center US, in Patagonia, Arizona.

During the programs run between 2008 and 2013, I observed a 61 percent cure rate among noninsulin-dependent Type 2 diabetics, within three weeks, which means 100 percent of people were off all medication and 61 percent had a blood sugar less than 100. Amongst insulin-dependent Type 2s, 86 percent were off all medication and 24 percent were off all diabetic medications and had a blood sugar of less than 100 within three weeks. In total, 97 percent of all Type 2s were off all diabetic medication within three weeks. Twenty-one percent of insulin-dependent Type 1 diabetics and 31.4 percent of noninsulin-dependent Type 1 diabetics were medication-free within three weeks. Sixty-nine percent of noninsulin-dependent Type 1 diabetics were able to reduce their medication intake by an average of 70 percent. After the three-week cycle, the percentages of those cured increased for all types of diabetic conditions, the longer patients stayed on the diet.

As I consider these results, I think my Diabetes Recovery Program—A Holistic Approach has become a way of life in which people feel healthier and happier on every level of their lives. These results are the most efficacious recorded in the literature at this time.

My big question is the human question: “Can people sustain themselves in this lifestyle with a high degree of success?” With highly motivated people there is a high success rate, but as this is applied to a pandemic level in many cultural and economic realities, I have to consider support programs desirable enough to sustain the program through all circumstances. It is one thing to develop a successful health program in a volunteer clinical setting, like the Tree of Life Center US, but another to create a program that is feasible for all on a national basis.

The “normal standard American diet” is immoderate and detrimental, and directly contributes to the manifestation of diabetes. Previous “moderate” diets have been shown to ameliorate and control diabetes to a limited degree. To make this kind of significant change requires a lifestyle and diet that is dramatically and excitingly different, resulting in powerful results in a short period of time. It requires leading a life of love, purpose, meaning and self-value, and choosing a diet and lifestyle that reflect these values.

We ask our participants who come to the center for our protocol, “Do you love yourself enough to want to heal (and potentially add 10 to 19 healthy years to your life)?” Those answering in the affirmative demonstrate that the conventional paradigm for diabetes—as labeled by the American Diabetes Association and most medical schools as incurable—is a self-defeating myth. In all fairness, the conventional paradigm also teaches that proper diet and exercise help slow the progression of this “incurable” disease, but those adhering to the conventional paradigm lack the proper diet and intensity to finish the job.

I envision a new culture manifesting as cooperation, health, harmony and compassion, combined with production of healthy, natural, organic foods that preserve soil and minimize the pollution of both people and planet. This new culture helps us reconnect to our hearts and souls in a way that brings the presence of light, love and the divine back into the core of our human experience.

To heal oneself requires the ability to love oneself enough to have the intention to reconnect with the life that is our birthright. The healing of diabetes in this context is an act of love, compassion and consciousness.

Gabriel Cousens, M.D., is the author of 14 internationally acclaimed books, including Conscious Eating and Spiritual Nutrition. Known worldwide as a spiritual teacher and the leading expert in raw, live, plant-source nutrition, Cousens functions as a holistic physician, psychiatrist, family therapist, and cutting-edge researcher on healing diabetes naturally. Cousens is the founder and director of the Tree of Life Foundation, the Tree of Life Center US, and Cousens’ School of Holistic Wellness. He will be speaking at The Real Truth About Health Conference, which will be held Feb. 2-11, 2018, at the Long Island Hilton, in Melville ( 

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