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Sat Dec 01 10:46:06 UTC 2012

With all the donations and support coming in, why is research not done on any of the alternative med cures ? I am off all meds after following one
Asked By: dkashefska  
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Type 2 since 1994. Was on Max dose of both Lantus and metformin and still had an A1C if 7.4. Started an alternative medicine l lifestyle of eating and within a month was able to reduce meds taken. After 1 year I am off all meds. My doctors answer to why he didn't advocate this diet was " it hasn't been approved through testing????? My last A1C was 6.2?????? My complete blood profile was perfect for the time first time ever. No vitamin or mineral deficiencies.
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2014-04-21 06:44:43.0

Although the holistic approach to disease management does not allow every patient to go off their medications totally, it can prove very beneficial in some patients. Funding is often a problem for studies done along these lines, but they are being done, nonetheless in some instances. The studies may not be conducted or written up in the papers that your doctor finds to be most credible, but that does not mean that these alternate treatments don't work for some patients. There are, in fact, many holistic treatment centers across the country complete with pharmacies that deal in alternative medicine. To be clear. this may be an adjunct to medication, but for patients with diabetes who require insulin such as type 1 patients and some type 2 patients, there is not a substitute for insulin replacement. I would work with the entire health care team to examine options that are best for you, making sure that your stay safe. Alternative therapies do not require stringent FDA testing, so some therapies may work but others can pose a health problem. This may require work and effort on the part of the patient to sort it all out.
Answered By: susan sloane
Accreditations: B.S.,Rph.,C.D.E.,Nutritionist
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2012-12-11 15:48:43.0

vivian, thanks for the thanks!! LOL I am doing the alkaline/acid lifestyle and I know that their are other cures but as you say, there is no money in cures, just in treating you with pills or doctor visits. My doctor is very understanding and I brought this question up to him and the answer he gave was " because there is no money to support research for alternative medicine cures, they have not been proven to work" He did however read the books I sent him and was so impressed he sent them to the head of dietry medicine at the university he teaches at.
Answered By: dkashefska

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2012-12-11 15:29:31.0

Hurray for you! I am a long term T2 diabetic and manage this through lifestyle and the practice of what I call "kitchen medicine". I had to research this myself including what supplements to take and how to use food as my medicine as well as finding ways to include regular exercise as a normal part of my everyday life. Stress management is also very important and can be challenging. I mostly live off the "medical grid", & I've not found any health care provider on the "grid" who will give a nod of approval regarding what I do. I've also wondered as to why alternative medicine/lifestyle isn't advocated more & all I've come up with is this: 1) this requires a lifetime commitment & most people won't stick with it and 2) the "medical grid" makes money off of keeping you on drugs, not on curing you. I take no prescription meds & I've been doing this successfully for years & I absolutely LOVE it !!!
Answered By: vivianeagleson

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