Nearly twenty years ago, in February 2002, the Daily Telegraph (U.K.) published a leading letter from Dr Edward Moore of Inverness, then a practising medical doctor and member of the Mc Carrison Society for Nutrition and Health. In the letter the doctor referred to the increasing number of people being diagnosed with diabetes.
‘It is deeply disturbing that this epidemic of preventable disease is being allowed to grow unchecked, but it is also understandable, because diabetes is a goldmine.
Excessive consumption of diabetogenic foods is as damaging to our health as smoking, and like the latter, should be subject to a health warning advising that excessive consumption helps to cause diabetes and other diseases. These foods should also be subject to a ‘health tax’, to help cover the costs for treating the disease and, for the same reason; the pharmaceutical industry should be invited to return a share of its profits to our overburdened health service.’
Dr.Joseph Mercola commented ‘I think it’s fairly safe to say that pharmaceutical companies are in business these days to make money – not to actually cure disease…… There are numerous examples of well-educated, innovative doctors and scientists who have created alternative medical treatments that far supersede conventional drug treatments, and yet they are more frequently than not shunned, persecuted, or even prosecuted for their efforts’.
GROWING NUMBER OF GOLDMINES
Alas, little has changed since Dr Moore’s warning letter all those years ago. Indeed, one could add to the list of goldmines the number of private diabetes clinics with their own doctors specialising in the treatment of the disease, no doubt at great expense to their patients.
As diabetes is a major cause of coronary heart disease, blindness, amputations, kidney failure and damage to the arteries, the outlook is grim, particularly for children. Sadly, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of children developing adult-onset diabetes in recent years.
LARGELY A PREVENTABLE DISEASE
It is doubly tragic because the disease, as the Scottish doctor observes, "is largely preventable, most cases being caused by the excessive consumption of diabetogenic foods such as biscuits, cakes, chocolate, crisps, burgers, colas, and other processed foods and drinks rich in refined sugar or salt leading inevitably to weight gain".
Obesity is a modern scourge and is now a truly global epidemic. According to Diabetes UK, ‘the diabetes epidemic is largely focused around massively increased rates of obesity. Obesity, when left unchallenged, leads to pre-diabetes or metabolic syndrome. Either of these conditions, if not swiftly acted against, can lead to the development of full-blown type 2 diabetes.’ The recent surge in new cases of diabetes in the UK, largely due to weight gain during the Covid lockdowns, has exacerbated the problem.
If nothing changes, it is estimated that more than five million people will have diabetes in the UK alone by 2025.
,DIETARY TREATMENT FOR DIABETES
Dr. David Unwin, MD, an award-winning general practitioner, is known for his pioneering low-carbohydrate approach. Over many years, Dr. Unwin has been highly applauded for his work within this field. He observed “If every GP practice in England encouraged the patients who are either at risk of, or have type 2 diabetes to adopt the low carb approach they could save the NHS around £277 million. I believe that going low-carb is the gateway to good health and preventing type 2 diabetes, an epidemic which needs to be controlled before it cripples our health system’. He also warned ‘those with the condition could be at greater risk of becoming seriously unwell with COVID-19. Ditching starchy carbs, such as potatoes, pasta, cereals and bread and sugary treats for a lifetime of good health is a small ask, but surely it’s worth the trade?”
Unfortunately, wrong dietary advice has often been given even by some government authorities, such as Public Health England. Dr James Le Fanu, a British retired general practitioner, best known for his weekly columns in several newspapers, revealed in his book ‘Too Many Pills’, published in 2018, a catalogue of catastrophic errors, from totally reversing the dietary advice of low carbohydrate/high fat diet (LCHF) so successfully used before, to lowering the bar which indicated a person was diabetic in order to increase the number of people requiring medication, thereby swelling the coffers of the drug companies. In Dr. Unwin’s experience with a group of patients, ‘a low carbohydrate diet resulted in substantial weight loss in all patients and brought about normalisation of blood glucose. Seven patients were able to come off medication.’ Unbelievably, the new dietary recommendation from PHE was quite the reverse, that those with diabetes should be encouraged to ‘include starchy carbohydrate foods (bread, pasta, potatoes, noodles, rice and cereals) at each meal'. Not surprisingly, they struggled to lose weight and lower their levels of blood sugar. This, Le Fanu believes, as much as anything else, ‘accounts for the four-fold increase in Type 2 diabetes over the past twenty-five years...an iatrogenic catastrophe of epic proportions.’
An iatrogenic disease is where medical intervention is responsible for causing physical suffering rather than alleviating a condition.
ILL HEALTH IS BIG BUSINESS
The serious flaws in the health system, as revealed by Dr. Le Fanu, are disturbing. It is a national disgrace that the pharmaceutical industry and the food processing and retailing industries have been allowed to take control of our lives virtually unchallenged.
Reference: ‘Too Many Pills’ by Dr. James Le Fanu
Click to read the review of his book.