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Treating Diabetes Naturally
From Dr. Lydia & Connie D’Astolfo

     Diabetes Mellitus is a metabolic disorder in which there is impaired glucose utilization by the body's tissues and organs. Diabetes results from a defect in the production of insulin by the pancreas creating a rise in blood glucose levels. Without insulin the body cannot utilize glucose, its principal energy source. This chronic disorder which affects more than 44,000 Americans a year, increases the risk of kidney disease, blindness, nerve damage, heart disease, stroke and gangrene. In fact these long-term complications of diabetes represent the third leading cause of death in the US and Canada.

     Diabetes Mellitus is generally divided into two categories: Type I insulin dependent or juvenile diabetes and Type II non-insulin dependent or adult onset diabetes. In type I diabetes, the beta cells of the pancreas which produce insulin are destroyed to a certain degree by viral causes, auto immune factors or parasitic infections. Type II diabetes is most likely to occur in people with a family history of diabetes. In this disorder the pancreas does produce insulin but the insulin is ineffective.

     Although genetics may make one susceptible to both types of diabetes, the typical North American diet that is high in refined carbohydrates such as candy, soda and cakes etc. Processed foods, high in meat consumption, and low in fibre and complex carbohydrates, is the number one underlying cause of the disorder. People with Diabetes Type I or II, must avoid nitrates, nitrites and nitrosamines which are found in most sandwich type meats. 

     Nitrates can also be found in drinking water. A study evaluated the drinking water in Colorado and found a correlation between the concentrations of nitrates in the water and the incidence of insulin-dependent diabetes. The study concluded that the toxic concentration of nitrosamines triggered free -radical production, which in turn damaged the insulin producing cells of the pancreas. In Sweden.

     Researchers found that insulin dependent diabetic children tend to eat more foods containing nitrates than children who do not have diabetes. People with diabetes then should consume a diet rich in whole grains, legumes, vegetables, fresh fruits, nuts (except peanuts), and seeds. They should avoid refined products including white refined sugar, caffeine and alcohol. They also should avoid consumption of meat. In type II diabetes obesity is the major factor. With an exercise program and a dietary change, diabetes can be controlled and insulin treatment is not required. Exercise will help the person with diabetes to achieve or maintain a normal body weight. Through exercise, the diabetic individual will reduce blood glucose levels, thus improving blood glucose (sugar) control. It is important though, that individual monitor the blood sugar level before and after exercise to see if they need to modify the insulin dose to prevent a hypoglycemic (i.e. dangerously low blood sugar) reaction.

     Along with eating healthy and exercising, taking nutritional supplements are also important. Many studies have found the effect of supplements of Magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B, copper, nicotinamide (niacin), manganese, fish oils (omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids), and zinc along with Chromium have all been shown to benefit diabetic I or diabetic II individuals. Vitamin E is helpful because of its antioxidant and also because it plays a role in preventing some of the oxidation-induced blood vessel problem to which diabetics are susceptible. Vitamin C helps to reduce the risk of oxidation. Fish oils also help to protect blood vessels. Magnesium deficiency has been contributed to a reduced insulin production and it has also been associated with glucose intolerance. Studies have shown that copper and manganese have been shown to improve glucose control. Vitamin B 6, deficiency have been shown to reduce both serum and pancreatic insulin levels. It also contributes to degenerative changes in pancreatic beta cells and to abnormal glucose tolerance. Zinc contributes to blood sugar regulation. Chromium can help regulate cholesterol and blood pressure levels and contribute to healthy weight loss. Therefore, chromium helps the body metabolize sugar and supports the synthesis of fat and cholesterol. 
Other causes can include structural problems in the cranium and spine, environmental toxins, side effects of medications, vaccinations and emotional trauma. All these stressors deplete the body's vital energy allowing a genetic predisposition to actualize and make it difficult for the body to repair and fight against viral, bacterial and parasitic invaders.

     As has been known for thousands of years, the thymus gland is the seat of the life energy, the "thymos". A healthy active thymus gland makes for vibrant and positive health since the thymus gland plays a significant role in immunology. Any type of stress, first weakens the thymus gland (actually causes the thymus gland to shrink) resulting in a greater vulnerability towards disease.

     Lymphocytes, in an immature state, come to the thymus from the bone marrow. Under the influence of the thymus hormones, these cells mature, then leave the thymus and settle in the lymph nodes and spleen where they give rise to other generations of lymphocytes called T-cells. The thymus gland continues to secrete hormones and to train and export T-cells until late in life. The thymus prepares the T-cells to do its work- to distinguish self from non self and to destroy foreign cells. This role known as immunological surveillance is directly concerned with resistance to infections and to chronic diseases like diabetes.

     Studies have shown that many diabetics have a common fluke parasite known as Eurytrema. Through the repeated consumption of beef and its bi-products, the pancreas is continually being re-infected with the parasite. In addition it has been shown that the accumulation of wood alcohol (methanol) in the pancreas provides a good breeding ground for the pancreatic fluke. Surprisingly methanol is found in many popular foods, either through packaging or preparation, including bottled water, soda pop and even baby formula! By killing this parasite with the proper remedy and removing the wood alcohol both from the diet and from the body, the need for insulin can be cut in half in three weeks or sooner!

     Clinical trials have shown that the pancreas and its islets that produce insulin can recover very quickly if exposed to the proper healing environment. By addressing the major stressors which underly the disease, through homeopathic treatment, craniosacral therapy, nutritional counseling and herbal cleanses, even if 90% of them were destroyed at least 50% of them can recover so insulin is no longer necessary. 

     Homeopathic remedies derive from plants, minerals and animal sources. It is bio-energetic in nature. Homeopathy is individualized according to their totality of mind physical and emotional symptoms as well as their personal characteristics. Therefore, even though there might be several people with the same disease, they will need completely different remedies to get to the root of their disease. For example, a person with diabetes might also have hypothyroidism or occasionally suffers with migraines tend to be nervous. A good practitioner will take all this into account and therefore prescribe "Phosphorus" because this is the remedy that best matches his/her symptoms. 

     Craniosacral therapy is a light hands on pressure to various parts of the body with major focus on the head and spine. Craniosacral improves the movement of the blood and other fluids through the body tissues, increasing resistance to disease invasions. It also improves the brain and the spinal cord, as well as restoring the flexibility and adaptability of the nervous system. This therapy also reduces accumulated physiological stress levels.

     In our clinic we incorporate these therapies so that our patients will have far reaching beneficial effects sooner. When any changes are made that can affect blood glucose levels, careful monitoring of blood sugar levels must be done. Therefore, self-diagnosis and self-treatment of diabetes is not advised. Individuals should work closely, and only make changes, with a qualified healthcare practitioner. 

- Dr. Lydia D'Astolfo has a drgree from York Univeristy and is a Homeopathic Doctor, Cranio Sacral Therapist , Applied & Educational Kinesiologist. 
- Dr. Connie D'Astolfo has a degree from University of Toronto and is a Homeopathic Doctor, Cranio Sacral Therapist and Applied and Educational Kinesiologist. She is presently finishing Chiropractic College in Chicago.
- Both Doctors have been featured on TV and radio across Canada and United States. They can be reached either in Thornhill at The Centre For Innate Healing : (905) 738-1948 Email address:, and in Chicago at 1 (630) 495-0564 Email address:

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