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Fasting Cure for Early Stage Type 2 Diabetes
Several times in the last 20 year my doctor suggested I might have to go on oral medication for type 2 diabetes. The first time it happened I went online and read that in France they sometimes treat type 2 diabetes with a visit to a fasting hospital. There are no fasting hospitals in Canada. Instead of fasting I used the so called “Master Cleanser Diet” which is just lemonade spiked with a 1⁄4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. I drank only lemonade for 5 days and then drank only water on the 6th day. A week later I went for a blood test and sugar levels were back to normal. Over the next decade I went on the “Master Cleanser Diet” for only a few days every few months. When I was about 60 I had another incident and did the 6 day fast. It worked again. My blood pressure tends to go too high but the ‘Master Cleanser Diet” lowers it right to normal as a secondary effect!
As I write this l am 70 years old and my blood sugar is up slightly as is the blood pressure so I am doing the fast again.
McMaster University in Hamilton is doing a similar experiment with diet as I write this in August of 2019. Their approach involves using insulin as a temporary tool but I strongly suspect that they could have devised a simpler experiment. Actually now that I study their paper, some type 2 patients were already on insulin so insulin was needed in low doses to protect the participants from spikes in sugar levels. If their patients were only in the early stages of type 2 diabetes, then fasting alone might have been good enough. Their preliminary medical school research shows that indeed type 2 diabetes is often reversable!
How Does it Work?
Type 2 diabetes is thought to result from insulin resistance. Animals in the wild never eat 3 meals a day without fail. They are hungry for a week occasionally. Their immunity rises dramatically during this time. Evolution wants them to be very healthy when they need to seek food. That is another advantage of occasional fasting. If you tend to get colds and other infections easily a fast will often boost your immunity dramatically.
The theory is simple. Regular eating is not the pattern of behavior we naturally would experience as animals. This regular eating results in the regular production of insulin. Over time the body adapts to this regular flush of insulin and it becomes less effective in helping to reduce blood sugars. A short fast stops insulin production and gives the body a chance to regain its insulin sensitivity. It has worked for me every time I tried it but is there evidence in medical research?
Caution Is Needed for Advanced Type 2
If you are already receiving medication for type 2 diabetes you will have to work with your physician to avoid hypoglycemic events caused by over medication during the fast. So proceed with caution if you are on medication for type 2 or type 1 diabetes.
If you are not yet on medication then it is safe to experiment on your own.
The Master Cleanser Diet Formula
Squeeze 4 large lemons or limes into 2 liters of water. Add a tablespoon or two of maple syrup. Add 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Shake in a mixer bottle and drink a glass when feeling hungry. Limit to 6 glasses a day.
I will let the readers search these terms in a search engine of their choice:
“pubmed” type 2 diabetes and fasting
You will find lots of research to support the concept.
If you are just getting notification from your doctor that your blood sugar levels are getting to the level where you may have to start taking medication soon, now is the time to act. Try fasting for a day and see how you feel. If there are no complications you too may be able to do the longer fast and simply avoid type 2 diabetes!
If you are already on medication for type 2 diabetes proceed with caution and consult with your physician first.
Canadian Medical Research:
Guardian Newspaper; Fasting Cure Type 2 Diabetes:
Ian Faulkner of Vancouver Island is known as a “crazy eccentric inventor” by his friends and neighbors because he does not own a car, has supported his family for 40 years by inventing electronic products, and has dozens of unusual hobbies. He is a Sufi, Buddhist, Christian, and Taoist spiritual explorer using meditation, psychedelics, bodywork, and ecstatic dance. Ian’s professional skills include electronic engineering, Trager massage, intimacy education, web journalism, and scientific research for product development. He has many hobbies including beekeeping, alternative medicine, photography, rock collecting, astronomy, mushroom study, jewelry making, dancing, yoga, and meditation. He is active on Facebook and maintains many web sites which are showcased on the landing page here: