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he Sad Statisics:

As of 2014, 29.1 million people (9.3% of the population) have diabetes in the United States (up from 26 million in 2011) while 86 million people (27.5% of the population) have prediabetes. Of those that have prediabetes, 15 to 30 percent will develop type-2 diabetes within five years.

This particular disease cost the country approximately $245 billion in just medical costs and lost work or wages in 2014. And, on top of all this, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts that one in three people will be diagnosed with diabetes by 2050.

The CDC says diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. and that those with the disease are more likely to have heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, kidney failure, blindness, and to need amputations of feet and legs. Pre diabetes is a condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not so high as to result in a diagnosis of diabetes.


What really is the cause of Type1 and II Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease of the American Diet with the following
root causes:

A) Animal fats and all oils suround our cells and prevent them from absorbing insulin aggravating the diabetic insulin swings. Saturated animal fat is toxic to and kills the insulin producing islet cells in our pancreas. It also blocks the muscle cells from absorbing insulin (called insulin resistance) which is one of the causes of wild swings in blood sugar. Watch this 5 min video. And This 5 min One too. Good 2017 article

B) MSG in our food in record quantities in almost all processed and restauarant foods over stimulates our pancreas which causes wild swings in our blood sugars (Diabetes). It also aggressively promotes weight gain. See our MSG page to learn more about free glutamate (MSG) and how to avoid it. One of the best sources of a good explanation of how MSG contributes to the cause diabetes can be found in the book "The Slow Poisoning of America" by John E Erb p 32-60+. Bottom line is that free glutamate damages the pancreas which makes and regulates the insulin.

C) Dairy
- The pancreas is attacked by an auto immune response to dairy proteins which damages the insulin producing islet cells in the pancreas. It is interesting to note that Finland has the highest rate of diabetes in the world and the highest rate of milk and cheese consumption (LANCET, 1992; 339, 905-909). Strongly linked to the cause of Type 1 Diabetes as documented in this short 2016 video. Part II
Paratuberculosis Bacteria in milk and meat is implicated - see study here

D) Wheat (non-organic) is very high in glyphosate (Monsanto's Roundup weed killer) which wreaks havoc on your digestive flora and is linked to cancer. Also, wheat gluten is 40% glutamate by weight and when glutamate is heated or fermented it creates free glutamate which is MSG which is very health damaging, especially to your brain, eyes, and pancreas. See our MSG page to learn more about the free glutamate connection.Wheat is also a grain that is regularly bleached for use in processed foods which creates alloxan, a chemical so damaging to the pancreas scientists use it to create diabetic rats to do diabetes studies. (Note: bleaching flour is banned in Europe! VIDEO). Today's wheat has been hybridized to create way more gluten which makes it a much more health-damaging food. For any of these reasons, whether you are gluten "intolerant" or not it should be avoided completely. For a person fighting cancer it is critical to go 100% gluten free because the pancreas is critical in the bodies ability to fight cancer and wheat damages the pancreas in several ways. (that is why pancreatic cancer is the most deadly) A recent study (March 2016 NBC News) showed diets high in carbs (refined grains) spiked blood sugar and led to a 50% increase in lung cancer. My advice is to avoid it 100%.

E) The acidic diet of Americans involving soda, meat, dairy, sugar, flour, alcohol, refined foods and prescription drugs necessitates the body pulling minerals from the pancreas (and calcium from the bones) to buffer the acidity making the pancreas prone to damage and reduced function.The pancreas is the most alkaline part of the human body at 8.2pH, blood is around 7.35pH and soda pop is around 2.7pH.

F) Obesity - fat tissue secretes an inflammatory factor called CXCL5 that is linked to insulin resistance and participates in the development of type 2 diabetes. Read the article

G) Artificial Sweeteners - Whether it is Nutrasweet or Splenda the damage these artificial sweeteners do to the body can contribute to or aggrevate diabetes. Read this Dec, 2015 article. The only safe sweetener is Stevia.

Commentary: There are many studies and anecdotal stories that show that switching to a mostly raw, whole food plant based diet can cure diabetes in less than two weeks. By design, a raw plant based diet has very little opportunity to slip in free glutamate as it's the heat processing that bring out the naturally found "free glutamate" in foods. Bread is a good example of a high glutamate food. As a diabetic the best thing you can do is learn all the symptoms of free glutamate exposure and dietary sources of free glutamate and strive to eliminate most all of it's sources as soon as possible. The first step is to get all processed foods out of your diet and go gluten free. Read labels, see our MSG page to learn how to spot hidden free glutamate

Sadly the medical community and the ADA still chooses to ignore the science and anecdotal evidence and most continue to tell patient's there is no cure for diabetes, just take all these drugs and shots for the rest of your life, and maybe install an insulin pump in your abdomen. With this plan the patient will likely have serious complications, down the road such as amputations, blindness and organ damage, eventually dying from the disease and racking up huge medical bills in the process. There is a better way.

Diabetes is just one of the serious diseases that animal fat and free glutamate and refined wheat causes. It can be argued that getting diagnosed with diabetes can be a blessing as it will give you an opportunity to clean up your diet before the more serious diseases associated with long term animal fat, wheat gluten, and free glutamate exposure become health threatening. ALS, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Dementia, joint damage, eye and kidney damage are some of the worse ones.


STUDIES THAT SHED LIGHT on the aggravating factors: (Dairy, meat, sugar, MSG)

There are some good studies that show the strong association between meat /animal fats and diabetes but to jump on that band wagon as the root cause of diabetes is to ignore mountainous evidence that the free glutamate in our food is at least partially to blame as the root cause.

Curing Painful Diabetic Neuropathy video 5:30 >The best way to prevent diabetic blindness is to prevent or reverse diabetes in the first place. See, for example:

Lifestyle Medicine Is the Standard of Care for Prediabetes

How to Prevent Prediabetes from Turning into Diabetes

Plant-Based Diets and Diabetes

How Not to Die from Diabetes

Why wouldn’t a diet of white rice make diabetes worse?
If White Rice Is Linked to Diabetes, What About China?

For more on the nitty gritty on what is the actual cause of type 2 diabetes, see:
What Causes Insulin Resistance?

The Spillover Effect Links Obesity to Diabetes

How Saturated Fat Raises Blood Sugar

Diabetes as a Disease of Fat Toxicity

What Causes Diabetes?

Is the American Diabetic Association helping to cure the Diabetes epidemic? The sad answer is no.
Warning: American Diabetes Association diet plans threaten the health of diabetics.
Can Diabetic Retinopathy Be Reversed?
5:23 Video

Dr McDougal on Milk's role in causing Diabetes Video 8:53

Watch Dr Neil Barnard's video clip from the 2011 movie "Forks over Knives" as he discusses the causes of diabetes. (2:35 min)

Dr. Neal Barnard takes a bold approach to take on diabetes through dietary change in this entertaining TedX talk. Video (18:22): http://www.therealfoodchannel.com/page/22053.html

ARTICLE - Another Disastrous Diabetes Drug

Meat's link to diabetes

Avoiding Cow’s Milk May Cut Risk of Type 1 Diabetes - Children who are not exposed to cow’s milk proteins during infancy may have less risk of developing type 1 diabetes, according to a new report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Paula Dean - Dr John McDougal's take on her Diabetes


by Robert Cohen

I cannot express how much ridicule I have received over the years after suggesting that Type-1 diabetes can be cured by completely giving up all milk and dairy products. Doctors, nutritionists, and other know-it- alls have countered my logic with wisdom of their own suggesting that once pancreatic Beta cells die, that's it. One will inject insulin for life.

In this manner, the medical students have become as ignorant as their naive teachers. I reason that one continuously manufactures such insulin-producing cells because...(drum roll) our DNA guarantees such production. The problem occurs because some people have a genetic pre-disposition to that autoimmune response caused by bovine serum albumen which they continuously eat in cheese, ice cream, milk, and other products containing bovine pus with hormones and glue. I have meticulously documented my scientific references. See:


Yesterday (February 22, 2012) the missing link of scientific support for my argument appeared online in abstract form. The actual study will be published in the March, 2012 issue of the journal Diabetes Care (35, 3). TITLE: Persistence of Prolonged C-peptide Production in Type 1 Diabetes as Measured With an Ultra sensitive C-peptide Assay RESEARCHERS: Limei Wang, PHD, Nicholas Fraser Lovejoy, BS and Denise L. Faustman, MD, PhD. LEAD AUTHOR AFFILIATION (Wang) Immunobiology Laboratories, Massachusetts General Hospital.

RESULTS: The scientists discovered that insulin production can continue for decades after the initial onset of diabetes and that Beta cell function also is preserved in many patients, even after the loss of pancreatic function. After developing an ultra-sensitive method by which insulin-producing pancreatic Beta cells are assayed, researchers wrote: "The ultra sensitive assay detected C-peptide in 10% of individuals 31–40 years after disease onset and with percentages higher at shorter duration."


"The ultra sensitive assay revealed that C-peptide production persists for decades after disease onset and remains functionally responsive." It is interesting to note that Finland has the highest rate of diabetes in the world and the highest rate of milk and cheese consumption (LANCET, 1992; 339, 905-909).

As a matter of scientific fact, when one compares the rate of Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM) to milk consumption in Finland, Japan, and the United States, the previously overlooked clue (ignored by the majority of America's ignorant medical practitioners) shines like the brightest beacon of hope to all who suffer from diabetes. In Finland, the average person drinks 30 grams of milk protein per day. In the USA, the average person drinks 19 grams of milk protein per day. In Japan, the average person drinks 5 grams of milk protein per day.

In Finland, there are 28 cases of Type-1 diabetes per 100,000 people.
In the USA, there are 15 cases of Type-1 diabetes per 100,000 people.
In Japan, there is one cases of Type-1 diabetes per 100,000 people.

Can you see the trend?

Fifteen years ago, I had dinner with the Heimlichs at their Ohio home. They should need no introduction. Jane Heimlich is a well respected health and science writer and author of many books. Jane also wrote the foreword to my first book, "MILK-The Deadly Poison." Her husband, Henry, is the same M.D. who removed my father's gall bladder in 1965. Dr. Heimlich left New York for Ohio and developed his world-famous maneuver which has saved the lives of so many choking victims. During dinner, the subject of diabetes came up. I asked Dr. Heimlich if it stood to reason that one constantly manufactures new cells for each of the body's organs, and asked if that would also include insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells? Dr. Heimlich agreed that it would. We also discussed the constant autoimmune effect that has been identified from milk proteins, which continuously destroy new beta cells. In other words, dairy-eating type-I diabetics cannot be cured. Dr. Heimlich and his wife have more than one hundred years of medical wisdom between them, and both eat a plant-based vegan diet.

I have taken quite a bit of criticism in saying that a potential cure does exist. My cure is called Notmilk!

I have been writing and lecturing about that point for eighteen years. A publication in the May 6, 2004 issue of NATURE (Vol 429) supports a possible diabetes cure through NotMilk therapy. Author Ken Zaret writes: "Insulin-producing B-cells (beta cells) in the adult pancreas were thought to derive from pancreatic stem cells. But it seems that they arise abundantly from B-cells themselves, offering a new outlook on regenerative medicine." Although Zaret does not specifically identify milk protein as a culprit, he writes:
"In people with type I diabetes, the immune system destroys B cells, resulting in a lifelong dependency on insulin treatments."

In the past, insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells were thought to have been derived from pancreatic stem cells. It seems as if that is not the case. One builds new cells. Each slice of cheese kills those new cells. Each slurp of ice cream re-sets the clock. A constant
diet of dairy products insures that the type-I diabetic patient will not be cured. Yogurt and cream cheese set into motion an antigen/
antibody response in which the body's own defenses turn upon those cells which manufacture insulin. Just one slice of pizza can undo all of the body's magnificent reconstructive cellular regeneration, and the resulting autoimmune response returns patients back to square one.

Lifelong? Forty percent of the average American diet consists of milk or dairy products containing the proteins which trigger this classic autoimmune response. Eat cream cheese on a bagel and reset the trigger. Eat macaroni and cheese and reset the trigger. Eat ice cream and reset the trigger. Ten times per day, 365 days per year, a person with Type I diabetes guarantees the eternal chain of events will continue - unless he or she completely eliminates dairy. Just say no to milk chocolate candy bars. Easy? Not really,
but the alternative is to forever inject insulin.

Studies in which people move from one country to another negate the genetic hypothesis for diabetes. One study (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1990, 51(3), 489, Scott, F.W.) demonstrated a doubling of diabetes rates after native born Polynesians moved
to Australia and changed their diets from fish proteins to cow proteins.

The July 1990 issue of Scientific American asked the question, What Causes Diabetes? Authors Mark Atkinson and Noel Maclaren recognized that an autoimmune response in which the body's own pancreas cells (beta cells) are "ambushed" is the key to Type-I and Type-II diabetes.

Two years after the publication of this profound determination, Scientific American (October, 1992) editors wrote:
"The National Dairy Board's Slogan, 'Milk. It does a body good,' sounds a little hollow these days."

The journal then identified a team of Canadian researchers who found evidence that early exposure to a protein in cow's milk sometimes leads to juvenile diabetes. Eighty-five percent of the people identified in this study came from families with no previous
history of diabetes.

Scientific American further cited a study, which appeared in July of 1992 in the New England Journal of Medicine (July 30, 1992, page 302, Karjalainen, et. al). The authors of this study wrote in their abstract: "Studies in animals have suggested that bovine serum
albumin is the milk protein responsible for the onset of diabetes."

Their conclusion:

"Patients with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus produce antibodies to cow milk proteins that participate in the development of islet dysfunction...Taken as a whole, our findings suggest that an active response in patients with IDDM (to the bovine protein) is a feature of the autoimmune response.

In June of 1992, the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition recommended that cow's milk was not suitable as
an alternative to breast milk for the first year of life. (Pediatrics, 1992; 89; 1105-1109). A letter in a subsequent issue of that journal written by pediatricians Lane Robson, MD and Alexander Leung, MD of the Alberta Children's Hospital asked:

"In lieu of the recent evidence that cow's milk protein may be implicated in the pathogenesis of diabetes mellitus, we believe that the Committee on Nutrition should clarify whether cow's milk is ever appropriate for children and whether or not infant formulas that are based on cow's milk protein are appropriate alternatives to breast milk."

In October of 1996 (LANCET, 348; 926-928) Cavallo, et al discovered that antibodies to beta-casein are present in over a third of IDDM patients and relatively non-existent in healthy individuals. Their work supports the sentiment that bovine proteins play a key role in the pathogenesis of IDDM.

In December of 1996 (LANCET, vol. 348, Dec 14, 1996) Simon Murch, MD, of the Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology
of the Royal Free Hospital in London wrote: "Cow's 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 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 IDD."

In that same issue, researchers from New Zealand (R. B. Elliot, MD, et. al, Department of Pediatrics, University of Aukland) paralleled earlier studies and investigated diabetics in three locations: Auckland, New Zealand, Giessen, Germany and Sardinia, Italy. They reported finding a higher level of antibodies to bovine proteins, particularly casein in diabetics than in healthy individuals.

The human system contains genetic coding that continuously manufactures new cells for every part of your body. We make new hair, nails, lung, and blood cells. There are hundreds of thousands of specialized cells within the human system and an innate intelligence, a blueprint consisting of chromosomes and genes and DNA, continuously referring to that code by using it to build new cells. We likewise continuously build new pancreatic beta cells. The average American diet includes megadoses of bovine proteins, which trigger the autoimmune response killing beta cells. What would happen if sixteen million people with diabetes completely abstained from milk and dairy products for six months? Would they re-culture a population of beta cells in the Islets of Langerhans within their pancreases? That is my claim.

If you are diabetic: The cure is NotMilk for six months. No cheese, ice cream, yogurt or butter. Read the labels on cans and boxes of food. If you see the word casein or caseinate, then eliminate that"trigger" from your diet. Have the will to find the way and you and sixteen million other Americans can end a multi-billion dollar self-perpetuating business that feeds itself on the pain of each unfortunate diabetic.

Is it worth the experiment for you or your loved one? If and when such a controlled clinical trial is performed, and the evidence is in, this will become a preventive prescription for all humans.

"Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities."
- Oscar Wilde

Robert Cohen








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