After 30 minutes waiting in anxious anticiaption in the long queue outside 82 Mercer Street for The Seed Vegan Expo, we entered in to a room buzzing with excited vegans- boy were they loud! Our senses were immediately overwhelmed, not just by the noise but also, by the tantallising aromas coming from the stalls selling vegan foods and offering free samples. Next came our taste experience: so many wonderful fresh cold pressed juices to try; delicious delicasies from our favourite restaurant Pure Food and Wine ( we came home with a bag full of tasty treats ) ; cashew nut cheeses, aduki burgers to name just a few we devoured in the first 15 minutes!
I had noted which of the guest speakers I wanted to hear: top of my list was Dr Kirt Tyson, who I mentioned in this blog last week. He spoke about how at 25 he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes after displaying dreadful symptoms , even starting to lose his sight. A normal blood sugar reading is 80-100, when he was admitted to hospital his was 1200- he should have been dead! Medication was not working and he felt dreadful all the time-this led him to take part in the Tree of Life project seen in the fascinating documentary ‘Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days‘. Within 2 weeks of starting the raw food vegan diet he was off his diabetes medication. His continued diabetes free life induced him to change from a convential medical degree to becoming a naturopathic doctor and spreading the word. If you, or someone you love, has diabetes please watch this film.
Type 2 diabetes cases have more than tripled in USA in the last 10 years and cost the country $174 billion each year! Current medical predictions state that 1 out of 3 children born after 2000 will get diabetes. The statistics are shocking- this is a totally diet and lifestyle related illness. Type 2 diabetes is caused by the ibl gene which is triggered by high fat in the diet. Type 1 diabetes is an auto immune condition, usually recognised at a young age and has conventionally been considered ‘incurable’ as the pancreas is unable to produce insulin. The biggest link to type 1 diabetes is cow’s milk consumption. Kirt was later diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic, but he has shown conventional medicine that it is possible for a, suppposeldy, non working pancreas to produce insulin through a raw food plant based diet and regular exercise.
Dr Kirt’s top tips to reverse and prevent diabetes:
- Eat a plant based diet- as much raw food as possible.
- Drink plenty of filtered water- breathing, sweating and urination are the best body cleansers.
- Regular exercise- aerobic and weights- diet alone will not make you totally well.
- Take a vitamin D supplement ( vital for Type 1)- vitamin D regulates the immune system.
These are simple steps and with support everyone can achieve a level of wellness they never imagined. There are so many useful resources on the internet that provide recipes and advice for becoming vegan and a raw foodist. I am always willing to help anyone who is considering changing, or has just changed, to a plant based diet. I have useful recipes and tips on my facebook page: Lightning Health and my website www.lightninghealth.com . Becoming completely raw is not for everyone, particularly if you live in an area with long cold winters ( as we do in New York!). However, everyone can benefit from incorporating raw plant based foods in to their diet; try it and see how fabulous you feel!
Dr Kirt , also, stressed that a plant based diet prevents heart disease and cancer. Bill Clinton and Rosie O’Donnell both became vegans after experiencing severe heart problems. The three main causes of cancer are sugar; dairy and animal protein. Studies show that if you consume the Standard American diet (SAD) for a year your blood is only capable of fighting off cancer at 7%. If you look at someone who has been vegan for a year the blood fights cancer at 72%.
Find Dr Kirt’s latest health info on his facebook page= Dr Kirt Tyson-raw doc