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A primer for our overweight and diabetic patients.

Readers of the Townsend Letter are familiar with author and radio host Gary Null, PhD. Null has written numerous series in this publication detailing the risks of fluoridation and vaccination; most recently he raised concerns about Gardasil, the vaccine for HPV. He has written of and supported the AIDS dissidents who dispute the causal relationship of HIV and AIDS. Null is also well known for his advocacy of nutritional medicine and supplementation; he has previously reviewed the evidence in support of vitamin C and vegetarianism. He strongly advocates that the basis for approaching disease is through major lifestyle changes--change in diet, exercise, supplementation, stress management, and reduction in medication. Null's championing of nutrition is disdained by convention physicians who prefer minimal dietary intervention and intensive pharmaceutical prescribing. In No More Diabetes, Null examines nutritional and lifestyle changes to reverse diabetes and prevent metabolic syndrome.

Null thinks that the standard American diet, chock-full of sugary pastries, sodas, and candies, is the key culprit in creating insulin resistance. Hamburgers and french fries, high-fat pastas and casseroles, pizza, and other fast food substantially raise blood fat and glucose levels and offer little metabolic support for controlling insulin levels and increasing insulin sensitivity. The dearth of vegetables, whole fruits, whole grains, legumes, and nuts in the typical diet deprives the body of the nutrients needed to reverse insulin resistance. Reduction in adiponectin and lectin resistance lead to increasing glucose, insulin resistance, and reduction in appetite satiety. Invariably there is resultant weight gain, increasing abdominal girth, blood pressure, and LDL. Metabolic syndrome and prediabetes are now increasingly developing in adolescents who eat a fast-food diet and engage in minimal exercise.

In addition to a radical change in diet, Null argues, nutritional supplementation must be aggressive. His program may be excessive, but each of the nutrients has glucose- and insulin-controlling activities. Null would supplement people with chromium, vitamin C, biotin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, zinc, selenium, quercetin, EFAs, GLA, 1-carnitine, inositol, glutamine, vanadyl sulfate, B complex, garlic, Gymnema sylvestre, ginseng, alpha-lipoic acid, grapeseed extract, NAC, CoQ10, turmeric, maitake, proteolytic enzymes, DHEA, silymarin, cinnamon, and more herbals.

Null recommends that, in addition to the dietary and supplement changes, individuals exercise actively. He would like people to do stress reduction either through counseling or by meditation and breathing exercises. Null thinks that teaching individuals in group sessions about diet, supplementation, exercise, and stress reduction offers the strongest means to bringing about lifestyle change. His book reports the gratifying results in many people who engage nutritionally in reversing their metabolic dysfunctioning.

Null's book offers ample referencing; however, to make the book more readable for the public, he does not footnote his references. Still the book is an excellent read if for no other reason than the abundant vegan, gluten-free recipes provided for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.

review by Jonathan Collin, MD

No More Diabetes, by Gary Null, PhD

Skyhorse Publishing

[c] 2013; 439 pp.; $24.95
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Title Annotation:No More Diabetes
Author:Collin, Jonathan
Publication:Townsend Letter
Article Type:Book review
Date:Apr 1, 2014
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