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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Book Review for "Death To Diabetes" by Dewayne Mcculley

I purchased the book, "Death To Diabetes" by Dewayne Mcculley a few months ago. It is probably the best single book I have read and use as a reference guide. The book is available from for the current list price of $19.95. I STRONGLY urge anyone who is a diabetic to buy and read this book.

About the Author

DeWayne McCulley is an ex-diabetic engineer who survived a near-death, coma experience with a blood glucose level of 1337 -- more than 1200 points above normal. Despite hyperglycemia, dehydration, two blood clots, high cholesterol, pneumonia and four insulin shots a day, DeWayne was able to use his 30 years of experience in Corporate America (engineering and biochemistry) to methodically and completely wean himself off the insulin, Coumadin and other drugs to lower his average glucose level to 92.5 and his hemoglobin A1C to 4.5% -- reversing his diabetes, losing over 52 pounds, and requiring no drugs of any kind in less than 6 months. He credits his recovery to God, his doctors and nurses, his mother, his daughter Cynthia, a set of unexplained accidents (blessings), and his engineering background. With a lot of encouragement from Cynthia, his mother and various people from work, the local churches, people in the wellness industry, and the two diabetic support groups he was facilitating, DeWayne decided to write a book that explains the real root causes of Type 2 diabetes and how to beat the disease (and its complications). His hope is that this book will inspire you the way he was inspired -- by people he would never have met if it weren't for his experience with diabetes. DeWayne currently works as diabetes educator, speaker and health advocate, providing workshops and training to companies, health organizations, churches, families, wellness groups, and other community groups about diabetes, nutrition, heart disease and stroke. Author's website:

Beginning on page 45 of his book, the author outlines the 7 most common mistakes of diabetics make:

1.Weight Loss Focus - most diabetics concentrate on trying to lose weight instead of getting healthy
2. Breakfast/other meals - most diabetics either do not eat breakfast or eat at a grain based breakfast, and a refined carbohydrate, fiber deficient lunch. He recommends instead eating a green leafy vegetable based breakfast (spinach, broccoli etc. with extra virgin olive oil, 2 ounces of wild salmon and one slice of whole grain sprouted bread) as an example
3.Blood glucose testing - most diabetics do NOT test frequently enough. He also mentions that unless you are going to make dietary changes, then don't bother to test frequently as you are wasting your time.
4. Denial and stubbornness - diabetic that tend to live in denial and believe they will not end up with a heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, needing an amputation or blindness despite the fact that 4 out of 5 diabetics given long enough develop one or more of these complications.
5. Lack of exercise - counter by implementing a consistent aerobic/weight resistant exercise program
6. Food and lifestyle addictions - most diabetics are slaves to the chemical additives in their favorite foods and don't know it. They eat a lot of empty calorie foods. Many are in a rut of watching TV, eating empty calorie snacks and promising themselves they will start exercising someday.
7. Reliance on drugs or insulin - If this is your only course of action, then you will likely prove the American Diabetes Association to be right - diabetes is a Progressive and Incurable disease.

I do NOT follow all of DeWayne's rules and guidelines to the letter. In fact my typical breakfast is a bowl of Quaker oats, with a tablespoon of "Cold Milled organic flax seeds" stirred in and possibly a little fruit such as strawberries or blueberries etc. I also take my morning meds and vitamin, mineral, herbal supplements with an 8 oz glass of water with a scoop of "All Day energy Greens" stirred in.

I try every day to include some combination of greens preferably steamed, such as kale, broccoli, green beans, asparagus, etc.

By frequent;y testing your blood sugar, recording what you eat, and studying and thinking about the results your getting, you get to know your own body. Don't try to eat the whole enchilada in one day or at one time. Making changes is tough. If it were not so, no one would every break their New Year's resolutions. Today is Jan 4th and I would be willing to bet, more than half of all New year's resolutions have already been broken.

Take small steps, make small changes to begin with. Keep reading, keep testing and keep good records. That way, when you have your next appointment with the doctor that handles your diabetes, he or she can look at your blood glucose readings, understand your goals and your determination to get better, and work with you to reach your goals.


Exodus 23:25 "Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be your food and water. I will take away your sickness from among you."

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