There Is a Cure for Diabetes: The Tree of Life 21-Day+ Program

There Is a Cure for Diabetes: The Tree of Life 21-Day+ Program

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by Gabriel Cousens, David Rainoshek
Diabetes has become a seemingly unstoppable national epidemic, affecting more than twenty million Americans. Conventional wisdom calls it incurable, but renowned Dr. Gabriel Cousens counters that claim with this breakthrough book. There Is a Cure for Diabetes lays out a three-week plan for reversing the negative genetic expression of diabetes to a physiology of


Diabetes has become a seemingly unstoppable national epidemic, affecting more than twenty million Americans. Conventional wisdom calls it incurable, but renowned Dr. Gabriel Cousens counters that claim with this breakthrough book. There Is a Cure for Diabetes lays out a three-week plan for reversing the negative genetic expression of diabetes to a physiology of health and well-being. Dr. Cousens’s method, widely tested at his famous Tree of Life centers, is to reset the DNA through green juice fasting and a 100% organic, nutrient-dense, vegan, low-glycemic, low-insulin-scoring, and high-mineral diet of living foods in the first twenty-one days. Both practical and inspirational, the book explains how to abandon the widespread “culture of death”–symbolized by addictive junk food–that fosters diabetes in favor of a more natural, nurturing approach. The program renders insulin and related medicines unnecessary within four days as the blood sugar drops to normal levels; and the diabetic shifts into a non-diabetic physiology within two weeks. The third week focuses on live-food preparation, featuring 100 delicious raw recipes. Dr. Cousens emphasizes regular consultations, monitoring blood chemistries, and emotional support, and includes a one-year support program to help maintain a diabetes-free life.

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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."

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From the Introduction: Healing Diabetes Is a Shift in Consciousness
Yes . . . Type-2 diabetes is a curable disease. From my thirty-five years of clinical experience as a wholistic medical doctor, and that of livefood therapeutic centers since the 1920s when Max Gerson, MD, healed Albert Schweitzer of diabetes with live foods, the fact that diabetes is a curable disease is common knowledge in the live-food community. Diabetes is not a fixed sentence; it is not our natural condition, and has only become a problem of pandemic proportions since the 1940s. The word pandemic comes from the Greek pan-, meaning “all,” plus demos, meaning “people or population.” Thus, “pandemos” or “all the people.” A pandemic is an epidemic that becomes very widespread and affects a whole region, a continent, or the world. This book is about looking deeply at the underlying causes of diabetes on both the pandemic-global and the personal level, and supplying readers with a way to achieve rapid reversal from the misery of a diabetic physiology to a joyous and healthy physiology.
Although many people have a genetic susceptibility to Type-2 diabetes, the true causes (which activate the genetic potential physiology of diabetes) lie in a personal and world lifestyle and diet that pulls the trigger on the diabetes gun. This diabetogenic personal and world lifestyle and diet includes on the level of individual responsibility: a diet high in refined carbohydrates such as white sugar and white flour; high amounts of cooked animal saturated fats; trans-fatty acids produced from cooking (and especially frying oils at high temperatures); low fiber food; coffee and caffeinated beverages; smoking; a lifestyle devoid of love and exercise; high stress; watching TV programming. Diabetogenic contributing factors on a planetary level include living in a degraded environment in which the air, earth, and water are, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, filled with 70,000 different toxic chemicals, heavy metals, agrochemicals, and other toxic substances—65,000 of which are potentially hazardous to our health. The Environmental Defense Council reports that more than four billion pounds of toxic chemicals are released into the environment each year, including seventy-two million pounds of known carcinogens. In addition, we live in a mental and emotional environment filled with messages of stress and death from the media, including news of constant wars and terrorism infecting the planet. The degenerate conditions, lifestyle, and diet that create diabetes emanate from these modern human-created realities, which, taken together, we are calling the Culture of Death.
The cure, on the most profound level, is to move away from a global and personal Culture of Death, to embrace the Culture of Life. On a personal level this means choosing to live in a way that promotes life and well-being for oneself as well as the planet. It means creating a diet and lifestyle in which there is minimal or no incidence of diabetes. Individually, this means a diet that is organic, vegan, at least 80 percent live-food, high in mineral content, 15—20 percent plant-only fat (no animal fat), high-fiber, low-glycemic, low-insulin index, well hydrated, individualized, and prudent food intake—a cuisine that is sustainable for the duration of one’s life, and prepared and eaten with love. Collectively, it means creating a world culture where all people have access to healthy, organic food and water, decent shelter, and a living environment free of chemicals and pollutants. Healing diabetes in this personal and global context is an act of love for oneself and the living planet. This love is an expression of the Culture of Life.
The teaching of this book is that humanity is created to be vibrant, alive, and healthy. As it says in Deuteronomy 30:19 from 3,400 years ago: “Today, I have set before you life and death and a blessing and a curse. You must choose life in order that you and your children shall live.” Things have not changed. We still have that choice. This book is about empowering you, health professionals, and national and global policymakers to have that choice. Even in the most adverse circumstances, it still is possible for motivated individuals and nations to heal on the Tree of Life 21-Day+ Program as an act of love and consciousness.
The inspiration for this book began with a movie on diabetes and live foods that was made at the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center in Patagonia, Arizona. The original idea was to do a film on the effect of being raw for thirty days. I strongly suggested that it would be more interesting to the general public to witness on film the effect of live foods on diabetic, McDonald’s-Culture-of-Death individuals. Based on my clinical experience in healing diabetes naturally with motivated people, I was confident that these principles and approach would work with this new group of diabetic people. It seemed like an interesting exploration of how it would work for a group of people totally unfamiliar with live-food cuisine and way of life. The results were amazing. Of the six who started the program, only one dropped out. By the fourth day, four were off their insulin or oral hypoglycemic medications, and one Type-1 diabetic was down from 70 units of insulin per day to moving toward the 5 units he reached by the end of the month. One of the two Type-1 diabetics, whose fasting blood sugar (FBS) chart appears later in the book, and who was diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes by doctors in a hospital setting, dropped to a normal blood sugar after two weeks, and has remained there ever since. As of this writing, two years later, he remains cured of Type-1 diabetes. Another participant, who had severe neuropathy in his lower limbs, numbness in his scrotum and feet, was suffering from mental deterioration and confusion, and was preparing to have a foot amputated, recovered completely from the neuropathy and became mentally clearer. The tissue of his foot also healed and his blood sugar dropped to normal range in the first two weeks. Two of the women who had been living with a blood sugar of 300-plus while on medications dropped to blood sugars of 111 and 130 by the end of the month without medications. Most of the other blood chemistries of all of them became normal after one month. Mental state became clear and joyous in all participants.
On realizing the powerful effect of thirty days of live food with specific diabetic supplements and herbs on participants’ physical and mental states, and on their diabetes in particular, it became clear that we had a program that could be applicable and successful for everyone, as this group was representative of the Western populace. The Tree of Life 21-Day+ Program is more powerful than the thirty-day raw approach seen in the film. It includes a minimum seven-day green juice fast in the first week, which greatly accelerates the reversing of the diabetic degenerative physiological process. Based on research by Dr. Stephen Spindler, it is our theory that calorie restriction turns on the anti-aging and theoretically the anti-diabetic genes. In our dietary approach, there is actually no restriction, but the participant is invited to enjoy a delicious, healthy cuisine. This is the powerful secret of the success of this program. In the second week, a four-day course shows people how to let go of their belief that diabetes is incurable. It also shows people how to let go of all the psychological programming and habits that create the diabetes lifestyle. In the third week, people learn how to prepare low-glycemic foods and a healthy healing cuisine. We then have a one year follow-up that supports people in staying on the program, which includes, if needed, supervised Juice Feasting, a powerful at-home practice for those who need to continue to lose weight and heal the complications associated with a diabetic physiology that develops over many years and takes some time to reverse...

Meet 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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There Is a Cure for Diabetes: The Tree of Life 21-Day+ Program 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Sundar More than 1 year ago
This is a great book and the concepts work. Controlling diabetes without medication is a lifestyle change, every meal, every day. If you are looking for a few recipes to try and control your blood sugar - better visit your MD, take the pills and deal with the consequences. Diabetes per your MD is a progressive disease where your health will deteriorate. The only thing the pills do is manage your blood sugar and slow the progression of the disease. If you want to know: - Why is diabetes becoming the biggest scourage of the modern age? - What can I do to deal with it? - Can it/has it been reversed? - Is there a program for me that really works on a hourly, daily basis that I can be confident about? AND you are willing to try this - one day, one meal at a time, THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU. I am engineer and started as a skeptic. The first three chapters are about the global diabetes epidemic and a comprehensive theory of diabetes. The rest of the chapters talk about the tree of life program. Each claim or comment made by Dr. Cousens is referenced. Some chapters have over 150 references, most to medical studies. This is not Dr. Cousen's opinion. He has constructed his hypothesis based on available medical studies. Not surprisingly a number of more famous experts - such as Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Mark Hyman recommend "vegan" or vegetarian diets to "improve glycemic control" or reduce/manage diabetes. They don't tell you how to reverse diabetes. Dr. Cousens does and delivers!! Following the guidelines in this book and moving more and more towards raw food, I have seen my fasting blood sugar well below 100, actually in the range 70-85 that Dr. Cousens recommends (to learn why, read the book). My post prandial blood sugar is well below 120, sometimes below 100. I test myself 4-5 times daily usually 2hrs after every meal. I can see a direct correlation between my post prandial blood sugar and the amount of cooked food I have in the previous meal, if any. Even simple "good" things like oatmeal, pasta etc push my post prandial blood sugar well over 120. Raw food tarts (dessert, yum!) don't cause a problem. Recipes in this book are only about 40 pages. Dr. Cousens has a recipe book -Rainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine - which provides recipes. There is a documentary which Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days - which shows the program in action. The results in this documentary has been reproduced by others - including in India - google "diabetes reversal nandita shah". You can't switch to raw food without juicing - so you may consider Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko - see below
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did the first reviewer,(Mad_Lava), even read this book?? Dr. Cousens gives a great deal of medical information as to why and how the SAD (Standard American Diet) greatly negatively impacts our health, especially where diabetes is concerned. Absolutely SHOCKING information --no wonder why so many people are in ill health! No, this book does NOT give a step-by-step 21 day "diet" to follow, but after reading this book, you have FREEDOM OF CHOICE as to what organic greens, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and supplements you choose to eat daily to reverse your diabetes. When you read how nutritionally depleting diabetes and the SAD diet are to our bodies, you will understand how important organic foods and supplements are to heal bodies to help reverse diabetes. Most of the so called "obscure" ingredients that the first reviewer had trouble locating are easily found at health food stores or anywhere that organic food is sold (Whole Foods store in my community). I did NOT need to buy any special high priced blenders or expensive equipment. I already had a blender and a food processor, and I purchased an inexpensive dehydrator, which works fine for the dehydrating recipes that I have tried, so far. Some of the recipes call for soaking seeds and nuts, but if you plan a little ahead to know what you want to eat for the next day, you can easily soak the seeds and nuts overnight ahead of time in a bowl of water. As for sprouting, it's not allowed for Phase 1.0 for reversing diabets. It is not until your blood sugars are in a normal range for several months that you can start incorporating some fruit and grains. I have read this book, as well as Dr. Cousens' book "Rainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine" (which gives wonderful additional recipes), and I have followed Dr. Cousens' recommendations and recipes, and after the end of my 2nd week on this diet, my blood sugars (without diabetic medication) have dropped from 396 to 158!!! That's a total drop of 238 points in 14 days!!! And,to date, I've lost 8 pounds! I feel wonderful, and for the first time in 10 years, I have HOPE of reversing my diabetes! I know my blood sugars will improve even more in the next two weeks! I truly feel that this book is a life saver for me! I would suggest going to to see Dr. Cousens' six diabetic case studies that reversed their diabetes in one month. This short video clip lead me to this awesome book! (By the way, you can also purchase "Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days" DVD which is 60 minutes long that goes into greater detail about the six diabetic patients who reversed their diabetes.) I would highly recommend purchasing this book -- if you could spend a small amount of money to reverse your diabetes, isn't it worth it???
Mad_Lava More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book with the hope that it will contain useful information and recipes for a day-by-day program of 21+ days that any reader can follow. However, the first half of the book goes on to describe diabetes, useless statistics on countries affected by it, percentages of diabetes in different ethnicities, growth of diabetes, complications, etc., basically information you can find or you already know or don't care because you want to know how to reverse diabetes.

The second half of the book basically describes the vitamins, supplements, herbs, expensive organic foods, hard to find foods. Nowhere in the book is a day by day program for you to follow. It's just a summary of a bunch of herbs & vitamins & vegetables. It then goes to list a bunch of impossible recipes & how to prepare a 'juice' which requires a blender of a particular brand, a juicer of a particular brand, sprouting beans, herbs, grinding spices. Unless you can afford the endless number of herbs, spices, vitamins & supplements listed in this book and know exactly how to prepare every single recipe, assuming you can even find the foods, it is a complete total waste of a book. So, the alternative is to join their 21+day program retreat in Arizona. So go look on their website & it appears ridiculous. How do you drop everything and join a retreat of fasting, juicing and eating with yoga, meditation, drinking some tea all day for 21+ days? The author doesn't even guarantee any sure results & the results are based on 6 or 7 patients.

I also note that I am underweight & have diabetes, good cholesterol levels & normal blood pressure. The book doesn't even go into how to treat diabetes II in my case. It just goes on & on about avoiding animal fats, exercising, dieting, cleansing through some "juice" that's impossible to create and basically, there's no recipe of how to create one. The recipes of "superfoods" are also impossible to create. It is impossible because the book doesn't tell you which foods to eat on which date, it is impossible because it requires ingredients like Himalayan or Celtic sault, coconut oil, hulled millet, caraway, blessed water, dulse flakes, dash hing, kaffir lime leaf, hemp oil, young raw nopal cactus pad, spines removed, dandelion...etc. You'll also need a dehydrator, spiral slicer, not to mention soaking of seeds to "sprout them".

In essence, this book can be summed up as an advertisement to join the 21+ tree of life retreat center in Arizona & go on organic juice fasting feasts for 21+ days or more since it is impossible for an average person to find enough ingredients to make anything in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another stellar book in the line of Dr Gabrial Cousin's Spiritual/Nutrition books. I am in day 18 of his antidiabetogenic diet and expect to be diabetes free in 3 months! If you are looking for radical inspiration, this is it!
BrianCA49 More than 1 year ago
First, I have to say that I was able to lower my blood sugars 130 points in 4 days using the information in this book. I'm not someone affiliated with the writer in any way, I'm just someone who is completely amazed at how effective this was. There's no magic pill here, it is simply a matter of changing your diet to include uncooked foods, primarily vegetables. In my case, I replaced one meal a day (dinner) with juiced raw vegetables, and that alone brought my sugar down. The book recommends a 7-day juice "feast" which I hope to try soon to "reprogram" my body. If you want to cure your diabetes, read this book. I was diagnosed with type II diabetes in 2000, and told I would be on medication the rest of my life. The doctors were wrong. I have been able to control the sugars by diet and exercise alone. However, in the past four months, after a dog bite infection put me in the hospital, my blood sugars have been holding at 250 - 310, in spite of all efforts to bring it down. Insulin injections did nothing, and I mean nothing, to lower my levels. I refuse to take any metphormin pills, as they are known to increase heart attack risk by 250%, and started to put me into insulin shock the first time I used them (fortunately, the doctors warned me about the symptoms, and two Slimfast shakes quickly restored my sugar levels.) Since I was diagnosed in 2000, I have lost 70 pounds and am in excellent shape, so I was lost trying to get the recent spike in my levels under control. I was beginning to think some of my organs had reached a "failure" stage, and thinking I would have to give in to oral medications, or even dialysis. To see my body respond to such a simple change is a relief beyond words. Again, if you are a diabetic, read this book! Even if you are able to control your sugar levels with pills and / or insulin, you need to read this. Please remember that today's medications don't do anything to address the disease, only to mask the symptoms. The ultimate goal of pharmaceuticals is to have you buy their products for the rest of your life, not to heal you. Please take the time to look into this; you can be healthy again. Don't take my word for it, test it for yourself. I think you'll be as amazed as I was at how effective, and how simple, this is. The book is very informative, and goes into detail about the cause of diabetes, and the worldwide epidemic it has become. It is the only resource I have found that explained my particular body malfunction, and I've done a lot of searching. It is now a permanent resource in my library, and I'm trying to share it with as many diabetics as possible.
DrFloraMasonVanOrden More than 1 year ago
One of our sons had been diagnosed as a diabetic, and I searched for a place that would free him from being a prisoner to pills, shots and fear for the rest of his life. When I saw that Dr. Neal Barnard of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (5,000 medical doctors) had recommended Dr. Cousens' book, I drove to the Tree of Life Center, after meeting Dr. and Mrs. Cousens on the Holistic Holiday at Sea Cruise (annually out of Ft. Lauderdale in March) with Drs. Barnard, Campbell, Esselstyn and others of international fame. Our son was mugged and died from his injuries later in Reno, and upon autopsy, his doctor informed us that all traces of diabetes had disappeared. He had followed Drs. Barnard's and Cousens' no dairy, no animal protein diet, and used no added oils and his healthy liver and kidneys were donated to others so they might live. I spoke with some of his ex-diabetic patients at the Raw Spirit Festival in Sedona, Arizona and Santa Barbara, California, and found them excited that they were cured and who felt they had been given a new lease on life. I am the first physician who has been given a grant by the City of Homestead, Florida to teach the cure (not the treatment) for diabetes, and with Drs. Cousens and Barnard's information from their two books, my students find out that it is a very simple thing to go without dairy (and then never have to worry about getting a cold, ear infections, flu, pneumonia, prostate and breast cancer, etc., as well as diabetes) when there are so many wonderful milks from nuts and seeds that one can buy nowadays: coconut milk, almond milk, macademia milk, etc. Any educated person who can find their way around the internet will find a wealth of information from so many doctors about how easy it is to reduce the symptoms of and finally eliminate diabetes when they follow the Dr. Neal Barnard's Program to Reverse Diabetes and Dr. Cousens' There is a Cure for Diabetes. Anyone who really wants to know how to cure their diabetes, and never have to worry about losing their eyesight, having their feet amputated because of cardiac insufficiency (which is just old oils clogging up their feet and legs' circulation, and making it impossible for the blood to travel back up to the heart), or to have to go poop in a bag for the rest of their life, will enjoy delicious foods that have an electrical current in them. At Radio Shack there is a great kit that I show to our many afterschool children and to adult students: how to stick metal probes into raw foods like papayas or watermelon and light a light bulb or run a clock. Any food that contains dead oils is not able to carry the electrical current that charges our heart beat, our muscles and nerves to work. Gabriel's raw 'all electric' basic foods are just that: foods that help us feed our brain cells, our muscles and nerves, and raise our immune system so that our bodies can and will fight off the invaders that we breathe in or eat each day that might make us sick. I applaud you for making sure that his wonderful book is available to people worldwide. When it is published or translated into as many languages as needed to insure that everyone has the information he gives so generously, then diabetes will be eradicated from our planet. Thank you for making that possible. Arming yourself with the information contained in the films "Forks Over Knives" and "Eating" free on Netflix will give everyone a new perspective on these doctors who are saving us.
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