An article I posted on infoWindsor.com ( http://infowindsor.com/the-raw-vegan-diet-reversing-disease-in-3-days/ ) in respect to raw food and diabetes caught some criticism and I wanted to share an email thread from an angry reader. Please share your thoughts. My responses were not as dignified as I'd normally like to be, and I'm sure the lady who originated it feels the same. Names were remived as I was not given permission to share this thread.
Her Original Message
Hello Michelle Bosmier,
My daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 3 almost 2 years ago. It is a 24/7 disease, we are in a constant battle trying to balance food, insulin and a very active, ever growing 5 year old to ensure healthy and safe blood sugar levels. My daughter receives 4 shots of insulin a day and countless finger picks to check her blood sugar. This little girl has been through a lot, to say the least and if all it would take is eating a raw vegan diet to save her from this horrible disease trust me we would.
I just came across The Raw Vegan Diet Reversing Disease In 3 Days article that you wrote for the info Windsor's web site were you imply that eating a raw vegan diet can revers type 1 diabetes and I am appalled. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, which means that the body attacks the insulin producing cells of the pancreas. Insulin is a hormone in the body that acts as a key, opening cells allowing glucose to enter and be used as energy. Without insulin a person will die. There is NO cure for type 1 diabetes especially a cure from eating raw vegan foods.
You are spreading lies and more misconceptions about type 1 diabetes and that is what I can't stand. People have a very hard time understanding this disease, it is very complicating and very misunderstood. People do not understand that we are fighting for my daughters life every single day, one small mistake, one small thing over looked and she can die. This disease is very serious. People need to know the truth about this disease not some made up nonsense about reversing or a cure from food .
Windsor itself is going through a "epidemic" of type 1 diabetes diagnosis at this time, Children and adults are being diagnosis at alarming numbers. Please do some real research next time you write an article because what you write can and may be putting someones life in real danger.
My First Response
I don't know one way or another if it will "cure" it. Have you tried the raw vegan diet to see for yourself? I suspect not. Myself, if my child was diabetic, I would at least give it a try before dismissing it. Other people claimed to have come off insulin. The body has a remarkable ability to heal itself if given the chance.It seems that you are hanging on to a particular belief and not willing to let go of it. You call yourself a "T1 Mom" so clearly you already labelled yourself and put yourself in this "role" and you probably spend a lot of time and energy staying within that role. I knew someone similiar that enjoyed discussing it and "attached" it to himself and his life, not willing to let go, perhaps a bit short-sighted and narrow minded he is.
Open mindedness is what I have.. and often doctors flat out lie or don't know, plain and simple. But, people tend to always hang on every word of these "authorty" figures.
I find it appalling that you wouldn't even try, what's the harm really? If you are bent about proving it wrong, please... do so.
I will buy you a copy of the DVD if you want to gain a better understanding of the diet and what it entails. I would LOVE to prove you wrong.
And... how can I be putting someone's life in danger!!!! I'm not saying drop your insulin and just go raw. The DVD suggests switching to this diet and along with a doctor, monitor the need for insulin... someone who constantly harps that things are impossible, I feel, are the dangerous ones.Tell me about your and your child's daily diet.. and then research each item to see what it does or doesn't do for the body. You are what ya eat sista.
Your article states this diet will "revers" disease and then continues to mention diabetes, type 1 and type 2 leading people to the idea that you can "cure" type 1 diabetes. Like I said before there is No cure for type 1 diabetes. The food that my child ate did not cause this nor will it revers it. The only thing that is able to keep her alive is insulin.These other people that you talk about must have been type 2 diabetics because if a type 1 went off insulin they would die. Like I said before, their bodies do not produce insulin, they don't have the cells to produce insulin, without insulin our bodies can't turn glucose from veggies and fruits or pasta and cookies into energy. If glucose is
I disagree. I feel that under a doctors supervision a person could safely reduce insulin and other medications. And I feel that if someone were to take "real" food and "real" medicinal herbs and such that the body could be challenged in such a way that it can heal. I'm very confident that can be the case. The organs can begin doing what they were supposed to. Reducing the "junk" and giving the "good" stuff could bring this healing on.Perhaps you feel guilty which is why you are so angry. And you should feel guilty. We as parents are directly responsible for the food that is consumed by our children. Unhealthy foods will make bad conditions worse. And sure, a disease that someone is born with (probably from unhealhty genes passed from the parents) may never be curable, but I'm confident it can become manageable. I know the title of my article is a bit controversial and "suggestive"... but I want people to click and read and perhaps consider other avenues instead of being stubborn and bull headed and set in their ways. A lot of people are just too lazy to make changes and deny possibilities. I do it all the time myself in a lot of areas in my life. But I stand by my opinion that people's bodies are capable of miracles. And healthy diets, positive thinking, positive surroundings, and the like CAN and DOES help all the time. negativity, anger, resentment, narrown mindedness.. will keep ppl sick and stuck. It's not dangerous to try...
I still stand by my responses and beliefs but I do feel bad about how I handled it. The woman's daughter is ill and I pray her situation improves.