“There is abundant evidence,” writes medical doctor and author Neal Barnard, “that people with even long-standing diabetes can improve their health dramatically—and practically reverse their condition.” This statement stands in stark contrast to the drug-dependent “cure” promoted by multinational pharmaceutical companies, those corporations profiting from millions of people world-wide who are dependent on insulin for the rest of their lives.

But insulin-dependency is not a cure, nor is it even a necessity. Even though conventional medicine teaches that a diabetic will always need medication, there are also many MDs who maintain that diabetes can be reversed. According to Dr. Gabriel Cousens, author of There is a Cure for Diabetes, the disease can be reversed with a healthy diet of fresh vegetable juices, plant-based diet, yoga, meditation and exercise.

This global pandemic, effecting more than 30 million people in the US alone, does not have to be a slow death sentence. With the help of natural therapies, diabetics can be spared of the pain and agony of unnecessary suffering, which often includes blindness, obesity, kidney failure, and premature death.

There is indeed a natural way to reverse diabetes—and quite painlessly. But it does take effort, and it does involve a change in lifestyle. The short documentary film Fixin’ to Live tells the story of Max Paul Franklin, a Vietnam Veteran and diabetic who was fixin’ to die.

He gave up hope of ever being able to live a satisfying life. He was depressed. He had high blood pressure. He was impotent. He was obese. But today, he is fixin’ to live: he reversed his diabetes; he lost weight, and he recently ran his first 5 K.

He did all that, only months after he could barely walk and nearly died from a dangerously low blood sugar condition. Max Paul Franklin has done what few people have done before him—he has reversed his diabetes by changing his diet and his lifestyle.

This is also a short film with an important message. Because you, or at least someone you know, have diabetes. And if you don’t have it now, you are among the tens of millions of pre-diabetic people in America. That’s right, if you don’t heed the message in this film, you will likely get diabetes sooner rather than later.

That’s how common diabetes has become. A disease that was nearly unknown only 50 years ago is now one of the leading causes of death. The main reason for this pandemic is bad lifestyle and dietary habits—too much sugar, refined foods, animal fat and too few fruits and vegetables and too little exercise. It’s that simple.

Here are a few more hard facts about diabetes. From 2010 to 2012, three million more people were diagnosed with diabetes. Even more disturbingly, in 2012, 86 million Americans age 20 and older were considered pre-diabetic; up from 79 million in 2010.

There is no quick pill to take to cure diabetes. Both the cause and the cure for diabetes is found in our lifestyle, in the food we eat and the way we conduct our lives. Even though many people are more genetically predisposed to diabetes nobody need to suffer needlessly if they let food and basic living become the cure, if they let life itself become their medicine.

So what kind of a diet and lifestyle are we talking about? A diet high in nutrient rich foods and low in refined carbohydrates and refined sugars; a diet rich in plants and low or non-existent in animal fats; a lifestyle low in stress and high on relaxation, yoga and meditation; a lifestyle low on watching TV and high on outdoor activities and exercise.

Diabetes is a modern disease. It is largely nonexistent in tribal cultures but has reached pandemic proportions with the growing rise in the consumption of sugar, animal fats, and refined carbohydrate foods in Western culture in the last 50 years. And now we are also exporting this disease, together with our candy bars and potato chips, to other cultures across the globe.

But this unhealthy trend can be reversed by lifestyle intervention: by reversing our diet to the way we used to live: high on plants and low on animal fats. And if you want to know more about the details on how to do so, please join one of the programs at the Prama Wellness Center.

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Ramesh Bjonnes

Ramesh is the Director of the Prama Wellness Center where lifestyle is considered our best medicine. Ramesh is also a writer, yogi and workshop leader. He studied yoga therapy in Nepal and India, Ayurveda at California College of Ayurveda and is a certified yoga detox theraphist from the AM Wellness Center in Cebu, Philippines. He has taught workshops in many countries and is the author of four books, including Sacred Body, Sacred Spirit (InnerWorld) and Tantra:The Yoga of Love and Awakening (Hay House India).


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