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  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 1 edition (Jan. 8 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556436912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556436918
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.9 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 739 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #284,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“With this book, Gabriel Cousens, MD, takes his place among the world's leading physician-healers. A synthesis of his thirty-five years of clinical experience, There Is a Cure for Diabetes presents a practical, comprehensive, and highly effective holistic approach for treating and curing one of our most common diseases.  It is the greatest contribution to the treatment of diabetes I've encountered in the forty years since I began my medical training.”
—Dr. Rob Ivker, DO, ABHM, co-founder and past president of the American Board of Holistic Medicine and author of Sinus Survival
“Gabriel Cousens, MD, has clearly established himself as the world's leading medical authority on diabetes. His Tree of Life program is proven to completely reverse Type-2 diabetes and markedly improve the condition of those suffering from Type-1 diabetes.”
—David Wolfe, author of Eating for Beauty and The Sunfood Diet Success System and founder of Sunfood Nutrition and The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation
“There is abundant evidence that people with even long-standing diabetes can improve their health dramatically—and practically reverse their condition. Gabriel Cousens, MD, shows you how to tackle this disease through lifestyle intervention, explaining how a low-fat, vegan diet could save your life. There Is a Cure for Diabetes is an extraordinary tool that will guide you in your journey to fight diabetes and regain your health.”
—Neal Barnard, MD, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
“As a doctor who has treated diabetes for nearly thirty years, I can tell you with certainty that the standard medical protocols and management of this illness are not only inappropriate, they’re absurd. In sharp contrast, Gabriel Cousens, MD, has developed a protocol for successfully restoring the health and well-being of diabetics, sparing them the pain and agony of unnecessary and inevitable amputations, obesity, blindness, and premature death. If followed, his advice in There Is a Cure for Diabetes provides diabetics freedom from their illness and enriches the quality of their lives.”
—Daniel Nuchovich, MD, director of Jupiter Gardens Medical Center and Jupiter Institute of the Healing Arts
"The beauty of Gabriel's work is that he's not just putting forward an interesting theory—the people he's cured of diabetes are living proof that it works. The truths in [There is a Cure for Diabetes] go behind diabetes—they're a sensible lifestyle choice for all human beings."
The Mother magazine
"There is a Cure for Diabetes: The Tree of Life 21-Day+ Program by Gabriel Cousens, M.D., prescribes fasting and a low glycemic, low insulin scoring diet."
Publishers Weekly
"Massively packed with information and references to studies and other scientific papers that can make your head spin. [Cousens'] years of tireless scientific research for the living foods community is a precious gift for those of us seeking a much healthier lifestyle. All in all, There Is A Cure For Diabetes is an excellent book for a raw foodist library."
—Raw Food Right Now!
"Gabriel Cousens’ book, There is a Cure for Diabetes: The Tree of Life 21-Day+ Program, is a comprehensive guide—not to living with diabetes but for learning how to live without it. It is, as the author explains, about embracing a culture of life rather than a culture of death. In reading this book, do not expect an approach of moderate changes to your lifestyle—adding this, or subtracting that—this is about total physical and spiritual transformation."

About the Author

Gabriel Cousens, MD, MD(H), DD, is a holistic medical doctor, best-selling author, and founder-director of the Tree of Life Foundation and Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center in Patagonia, Arizona. The host of the radio programs “Physician of the Soul” and “Creating Peace by Being Peace,” he is the author of numerous books including Conscious Eating, Spiritual Nutrition, and Rainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa1f19864) out of 5 stars 108 reviews
107 of 109 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1d8c144) out of 5 stars Wow! On the Program for 6 Weeks Feb. 27 2008
By R. Ball - Published on
Format: Paperback
I received this book about 6 weeks ago and have been following the suggestions by Dr. Cousens. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 6 years ago with an A1c of almost 14. I tried vegetarian diets, all the way to Atkins, with little success. I was taking 30u of Novolog and 40-50u of Lantus daily. At my previous doctor's visit my A1c was 8.4 (with my lowest ever at 7.4) and my cholesteral was 324! I tried Lipitor but gave it up because of how it made me feel. Now, I'm shooting about 10u of Novolog and 20-25 of Lantus daily. I just returned from my appointment today and my A1c is 6.8! And my cholesteral is 164!!! I am a believer! I am probably only 90% raw and I still do put a little feta/parmesan in my salads, but I am so committed to this new way of being! I also do not use soy products, wheat or breads... My new goals are to have an A1c <6 and maintain healthy cholesteral levels. All in all this is a great book and is full of helpful ideas!
206 of 216 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1d8c54c) out of 5 stars Ruth Walther Reviews May 25 2008
By Ruth Walther - Published on
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See the You Tube Video Raw for Thirty about diabetics using this program to cure their diabetes.

I find it amazing that of the reviewers that say they have diabetes- every single one said this program lowered their blood sugars and it works. Yet, people give the program a lukewarm review because it is too hard, or there aren't enough recipes, nor an exact diet given. Do you want a program that will help you cure your diabetes or not? This program gets you perfect blood sugar.

I am also a fan of Dr Richard Berenstein's Diabetes Solution. Berenstein says eat enough meat to feel satisfied. I see a lot of overlap between what these doctors are saying- yet one is a vegan rabbi and the other is an advocate of meat eating. That should tell you something. (Eat tons of vegetables, avoid most fruits and starches. Coffee is bad. You need to exercise to control blood sugar and build muscle. All those fake sugars are very bad. Berenstein says most of them don't work to control blood sugar, and Cousins sees them as toxic. )

But Dr Cousins program also brings in a spiritual dimension. You will be physically healthier if you don't eat meat, but especially you will be doing the ethical thing.

The raw foodists might hate my bringing in Berenstein because they believe that cooking food itself is bad (and Cousins gives a lot of research to that effect.) (And most raw foodists are vegan.) But both of these doctors will tell you that as a diabetic you cannot consume the starches, sweet fruits, sugar-free drinks and candies, coffee, etc that the American Diabetes Association recommends. Both will tell you there is big business profiteering on your diabetes. Both will tell you the standard medical approaches to diabetes care usually do more hard than good.

OK- the program is hard. Follow it only if you want to live a long healthy life.

As for not giving a specific program: he gives you formulas and patterns because then you can create endless menus and variety in your meals. He tells you which foods to eat, and which to avoid. He tells you how to juice-feast, four ways to get more greens, how to make green soups, how to make crackers and pates and wraps. He gives some recipes. There are tons of recipes online once you have these guidelines.

And- if your friends think this diet is too "extreme" then please consider that you deserve more support from the people you love. (My friends and family have given me complete support.)

This book is NOT an ad for his workshops. There are about 450 pages and only 10 describing the workshops. Those ten pages explain something that I think is very true- to live on a raw vegan diet, you need to learn about more than just food. (Honestly, to commit to curing your diabetes through any diet, one would probably need to learn about a lot more than food. It is a spiritual journey.)

120 of 125 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1d8c5c4) out of 5 stars Dr. Cousens is my HERO! Feb. 19 2008
By Katryn Price - Published on
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I bought this book 3 weeks ago and I devoured it. I was totally inspired to convert my kitchen to raw foods and within 5 days I was off my oral meds following Dr. Cousens protocol. 3 weeks later, my FBS's are reliably under 80 and I feel like I am 25 again. Plus I am LOVING the food! There are some good starter recipes, but I would also get Dr. C's other book which has more recipes.
This book is FULL of great information that I found both empowering and accurate. I work in alternative health and appreciate Dr. Cousen's sane approach- he is not just talking about raw foods, but about mitigating mycotoxins that create disease. I have not found other raw food authors who understand and/or address this aspect of the disease cycle and I believe it is critical to maintaining/reclaiming vibrant health.
Although converting to raw IS a commitment of time and can feel isolating because it seems extreme to some, the benefits are undeniable, the food is fabulous and I can't understand why anyone would NOT want to eat this way, unless of course, they are OK with being unhealthy for the rest of their lives, going from medication to medication, injecting, and ultimately suffering the downstream consequences of chronic disease, amputations, blindness, and more. I know- I watched my brother die of diabetes complications. For me, that was an unacceptable future and I am so grateful to have found a key to turning my course around.
I feel like someone just handed me my drug free, healthy future on a silver platter. And THAT is indeed delicious!
39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1d8c954) out of 5 stars A Pharmacist's perspective April 7 2009
By Blain Nyberg - Published on
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I am a Pharmacist at a large medical clinic in northcentral Wisconsin. I make it a point to try and review new breakthroughs in medical treatment. Dr.Cousens book is full of great practical information for everyone who wants to live healthy. However, if you have depression, are pregnant, have infants, are overweight, have high blood pressure or cholesterol, or especially if you have diabetes and any symptoms that go with that disease, you need this book! It will open your eyes to the fact that your disease can be cured.
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HASH(0xa1d8ca8c) out of 5 stars It was OK, but save your $ Jan. 19 2008
By Rachel - Published on
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I read through this book in two days. This book is definately geared toward type-2 diabetics. There is a lot of good information, and unlike a lot of other books its not just a marketing ploy for Cousen's retreats/products. The raw food diet does seem to restore healthy functioning, but I cannot see living "the culture of life" )as Cousens calls 80+% raw vegan) forever. I began eating 70-80% raw about 2 months after being diagnosed with type-1 (insulin dependent) diabetes and after just 1-week of eating this way my insulin needs dropped way down. You can buy the book if you want to- as I said, its informative... but living and eating 80+% raw is EXTREMELY difficult without A LOT of support.

**The book is OKAY, 3-stars means OKAY. I was eating raw before I read this book. But honestly, people shouldn't buy this book expecting an easy solution. They are going to need a ton of support from family, friends and their doctors in order to make the raw food diet work. I don't think that most type-2 diabetics have the strength/desire to live the culture of life without support (their poor SAD and lack of exercise is the reason they have diabetes in the first place). Cousen sites a study where people were offered $1000 to stop eating meat for a week- most declined the $. Cousen's approach is an ALL or NOTHING approach. I think that MOST people need more flexability than this solution offers.

The good information contained in this book was a rehashing of things I've read over and over elsewhere... if you haven't done much research, this is a good condensed version.

I do think that raw has an advantage over the early 1900 diabetes diet, but I don't think its the best or only solution. Did you know that before insulin was discovered, diabetics 'lived' on low-calorie, restricted carb diets? They didn't live very long after diagnosis... they died of starvation.

Eating raw I don't feel like I'm starving, my body is doing well, I take 1 unit of humalog for ~20g carbs and 5-7 units of Lispro daily. Before going raw, I was on 12-13 units of Lispro & 1:15 humalog:carbs. I've always been in decent shape, an okay weight and fairly active. My dr is not supportive of my decision to eat 80%+ raw, my husband accepts it (though I wouldn't say he goes out of his way to support me in it), most of my friends think I'm crazy because of how I eat. I'm willing to do what I need to do to take care of my body, regardless of these things.