A Case Of Diabetes & Breast Cancer


Words: Dr Richard FIRSHEIN 

John, a thirty-seven-year-old executive, was rushed to the hospital after collapsing. When he regained consciousness, his doctors told him he suffered from a severe case of adult-onset diabetes. His blood sugar reading was 830, nearly 700 points above normal. For the rest of his life, he was told, he would have to inject himself, twice a day, with insulin, or he would die.

John walked into my office emotionally shattered. He was clean-shaven and fit, with brown hair and blue eyes. He admitted that for months he’d been feeling thirsty and parched and had urinated frequently and that foods had begun tasting odd to him. But, he’d had no idea he was suffering from adult-onset diabetes. “Now I’m injecting myself with insulin twice a day, just like they told me to. But, I don’t feel well. I’m fatigued. I still crave sweets like crazy. And, I’m scared. I don’t want to stay on a drug the rest of my life.”

The tip-off, however, was when he told me he craved sweets. It turned out that John’s diet consisted of meat, daily pasta, and lots of sugary sodas and fruits. It was a diet extremely high in simple sugars. I put him on exactly the opposite diet: one that emphasised fish, vegetables, and beans, and cut out all refined starches and most fruits.

But, I didn’t stop there. I knew John’s body was depleted in certain nutrients and needed extra help. I also put him on special supplements, some of which included the following:

  • Chromium picolinate, which stabilises blood sugar and lowers insulin resistance
  • Magnesium, which is often deficient in diabetics, perhaps because insulin surges deplete it
  • Fish oils, which allow the body to utilise insulin more effectively
  • Garcinia cambogia [Vrikshamala, in Ayurveda], the herb that helps the body metabolise fats and sugars more effectively.

After only six weeks of nutritional healing, John was weaned off all his insulin, and his blood sugar was normal. Elated, he returned to his doctor for a check-up. His stunned physician didn’t know what to say. John’s diabetes stayed in remission for over two years.

A Case Of Breast Cancer

Another patient, Alicia, an outgoing forty-eight-year-old kindergarten teacher with curly brown hair and a big smile, was told that she had breast cancer and must undergo surgery and radiation immediately. She was also told she might be left with disfiguring scars. She agreed to the treatment, but came to see me as well, hoping to boost her immune system and heal as rapidly as possible. I have a specific anti-cancer protocol that systematically starves the tumour while feeding the individual. We flooded her system with anti-cancer and immune-boosting nutrients and foods, as well as my anti-cancer diet, and added topical treatments, such as aloe vera to minimise any scars from surgery and radiation. The nutrients I prescribed included the following:

  • Large doses of antioxidants, especially vitamin C
  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids, which are protective against cancer
  • Topical aloe vera to be applied to her surgical wound.

A few months later, Alicia’s surgeon called to tell me she had recovered better than any patient he’d treated. He told me, “When Alicia went for a follow-up mammogram, they could not find the surgical scar. It had completely healed. What did you give her?”

Dr RICHARD FIRSHEIN, DO, is the Founder-Director of The Firshein Center for Comprehensive Medicine in New York City. He is a leading innovator and authority in the field of preventative and nutritional medicine, integrating Western and Eastern medical practices. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and has served as professor of family medicine. An internationally recognised leader in the field of integrative medicine and healthy aging, a cancer researcher, prolific author and writer, Dr Firshein has written several ground-breaking books, including the bestselling Reversing AsthmaYour Asthma-Free ChildThe Nutraceutical Revolution and The Vitamin Prescription [For Life]. This article is ©Dr Richard Firshein.

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