Lately, there have been a lot of people that have tried to share helpful ways that I can cure my daughters type 1 diabetes. In general, people mean well but ask any parent of a child how they feel and there will be a huge range of emotions. The first reaction is usually to simply educate the other person and most parents are thankful others care or are interested. That's simply true. We don't expect the world to understand something so complicated and we are so happy you may want to ask questions or talk about it and we only go on if you want to know.
And so we explain there are two types of diabetes and that our child has the kind that has caused an autoimmune attack on the part of the pancreas that makes insulin, therefore our child will always need insulin for life to live. It's not related to diet and can't be cured and it wasn't caused by eating sugar. We tell you that we battle highs and lows daily but that our child is a superstar. Thank you, again for caring and listening.
This is where it gets tricky. You shake your head and begin to tell me of people that have been cured of type 1 with some product (you saw it on TV and read it on FACEBOOK) and that you know all about it because your grandma had it (which type did she have?) Anyway, you know a cure and you may even happen to sell it.
You proceed to tell me I should try one of the following; A. Take my child off insulin and do the raw food diet. B. Have my child drink some Okra water C. Give her some cinnamon and vitamins. D. Try the new Plexus Slim to get off insulin E. Eat some ACAI berries or cure it with essential oils F. Baking soda and water cure it!!! G. Alkaline diet is the answer. H. Exercise more and eat no junk food or sugar (because sugar caused it.) I. Wait, this one is my favorite - don't speak of it and it will go away! Seriously ?
While there are supplements that can effect how our body uses insulin none will remove the need for insulin in a type 1. DID YOU HEAR ? Type 1s will always need insulin injected every day. And some things can slightly decease the amount they use but that is not a cure and it's not even close and won't impact my child's life! There are factors that can help them be healthier and can change their ratios but CURE it or use NO insulin ? No.
About Type 2,
Well, some supplements, vitamins, diet & lifestyle can often be effective in helping type 2s and there are so many options for type 2s because their beta cells that make insulin work ! Their bodies don't use insulin effectively (although making it just fine) but the beta cells are still funtioning and sometimes they can impove how the body uses it with simple & healthy changes. Often they can have great results with natural solutions and that is fantastic. We all should do what we can to improve the quality of our lives but this is not true all the time or for all people. . I'm just saying this is two different things and type 2 accounts for 90-95 percent of all diabetics and I'm telling you can't compare apples and oranges.
NOW, most parents would go to any extreme or trade places with their child just to make their lives a little easier. We fight the battles and cry the tears. We understand it, research it, study it, work with doctors, and we would use natural or unnatural if it worked. Not only does the suggestion of these things above without insulin mean death for children that we love but it is downright ignorant and so we may laugh at you at this point if you are still talking about "cures" or posting articles and believe it's true and that we are defiant.
I'm sorry ! We use humor to deal with hard things and you should also! It's like you saying, hey why don't you unhook your child from life support (insulin) and use these (not miracles) called Plexus Slims... I mean okra water... I mean raw food. Thanks anyway, you go ahead. I prefer my child to live. We may eat some okra with water & some cinnamon carrots and try some Plexus but not for the reason you suggest just so we are clear. And I love my essential oils but don't mix that up with what a cure means. They may have some benefits but my child will still need her insulin to live.
Suppose you were born with no leg or even had one amputated and then someone comes along and says I can cure that ! What would that mean? You can grow my fully amputated leg back ? How about you can use prosthetics or you can supplement ways for me to walk and I can live better but can you cure me ? There are many things someone with no leg can do to live a full life and there are many tools that can be used but will anything make it grow back? Do you get my point?
Well, my daughters pancreas has a few functions that work but the beta cells that make insulin isn't one of them. When the attack happened, the beta cells were killed. There are trials going on and one day maybe there will be a way to stop the autoimmune attack and regrow those cells but not yet !! It's a dead funtion that has no way of resurrecting at this point. So if you want to help us all be healthier or share positive product & recipes then go ahead but don't make false claims about something you don't live with or understand. And now I will list all the ways to cure type 1... NONE.