I stopped taking insulin at all a year ago.

At this time last year I began an amazing experiment. I hated insulin treatment and came to believe that we all have the innate capacity to heal ourselves. So I started an experiment.

I began an intense study of Kundalini Yoga and meditation. Kundalini yoga is an ancient form of Raja yoga with its origins about 5000 years old. I also began to receive acupuncture treatments regularly in addition to eating what is referred to as a "Paleolithic diet"- a diet resembling the foods eaten by humans at then end of the Paleolithic period About 10,000 years ago. That means no grains at all, nuts and seeds, plenty of vegetables and no refined sugar in ANY form except for the occasional small treat. The result of all this? No insulin at all. My blood sugars hang between 80-120 all day and that's the end of it.

I have the incredible blessing of having been I diagnosed "early on" in the process and believe I have been I able to fully take control of that process. I was diagnosed when I was 17 and am now 21 and stopped taking insulin when I was 20.

Here's the thing. Eastern medicine (traditional Chinese medicine and Indian Ayurveda) conceives of disease in a conpletely different fashion. The language of "the t-cells are destroying the beta cells in the pancreas" is not relevant. It is difficult for us in the west to understand. However, what we can a understand is its application, and adopt a willingness to experiment and expience other ways IN CONJUNCTION with out current care. I do not propose you stop your insulin treatment. My little experiment came it with that result but it may be different for you. Perhaps you find grater peace of mind, or perhaps you lessen your insulin intake and tighten control. In any event, experiment for yourself.

Here's a few " in practice" tips:

1) DISCIPLINE:
Exercise is not a joke. Do it every day. Makr a habit of it. Always. Unless prohibited by severe illness.

2) DIET
Humans weren't necessarily Meant to submit on a diet made primarily of grains (see Weston. A price "Nutrition and Degenerative Disease"). Try making up your own diet higher in fat. Unsaturated fats are not a bad thing, and can provide long lasting clean burning energy without the carbs. Additionally, treat sugar as a treat. Make a habit of not having a soda, muffin, or cereal for breakfast and just "covering it". The things might taste good, which is fine, but the pleasure we cover from eating them is just a sensation and perhaps we might find we actually feel much better enjoying those pleasures very sparingly.

3) ATTITUDE
Is diabetes a disease or just a circumstance you find yourself in? Is it something that is an honor and a challenge to work with or the bane of your existence? How do you see the disease? What can we learn from it? Do you believe you can do something about it?

4) TRY SOMETHING NEW
Give a real honest shot- at least 3 months- of seeking out some other unfamiliar medicine. www.poca.org can Point you towards a community acupuncture clinic near you where payment works on a sliding scale, usually only 15 to 40 dollars per treatment. Wayyyy cheaper than the cost of insulin. You also might look for a naturopathic doctor, an Ayurvedic doctor or a homeopathic doctor.

Give a shot at some other types of exercise. Cardio running is great, but more methodical exercises like tai chi, chi gong, and various types of yogas are built off thousands of years of close study of the body and have a much deeper understanding of our fundamental energy and movement.

5) PRACTICE BREATHING

our breath is the most essential thing that keeps us alive moment to moment. A conscious breath is a way to reign in the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system and give our stress hormones a chance to calm down, and a chance for our blood sugars to stabilize. Try this at least 3 minutes a day for a period of 40 days then make a judgement on whether or not it has helped you. Only three minutes- discipline: pick one and try it every day no matter what.

Long deep breathing:
- sit comfortably on a chair or on a cushion. Back straight but not straining
- close your eyes and focus at the spot between your eyebrows
- inhale slowly by filling the lower abdomen first then expanding the ribcage then finally the shoulders
- pause at the top with the breath held in
- begin exhaling slowly taking about 1.75 times as long As the inhale to exhale
- exhale all the way so that the belly button pulls in toward your spine
- pause briefly with the breath held out then repeat
- end by taking a few Normal breaths

Alternate nostril breath exercise:
- sit comfortably on a cushion or on a chair.
- sit straight but do not strain
- focus behind closed eyes at the spot between your eyebrows
- block your right nostril with your thumb and inhale slowly, filling your lower belly first the expanding the ribcage and finally shoulders. Breath in very slowly and comfortably.
- stop the breath at the top for a brief moment while you remove the thumb then block the left nostril with your pinky.
- exhale slowly with the left nostril blocked. Take a little longer on the exhale than the inhale.
- pause briefly with the breath held out while you switch to cover the right nostril with the thumb.
- repeat for at least 3 minutes. Fee, free to continue longer up to 31 minutes I believe.
- end by taking a few normal breaths



I would be happy to answer questions and share my experience and my practices. It is a blessing to set out upon the journey of healing we seek.

Many blessings and fee, free to contact me
Ram Prakash Singh

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Tags: Insulin, acupuncture, alternative, diet, exercise

Comment by Don on January 11, 2013 at 8:03am

Thank you for sharing your experience. You demonstrate that a twist in perspective and some discipline can result in amazing changes. Kudos!

Comment by DeeJay on January 11, 2013 at 11:17am

Sounds great! May I ask if you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes? I have type one and I have a paleolithic diet; high in saturated fats, I also exercise daily. however, if I go off insulin I still have random spikes in my glucose levels despite the food I eat and the exercise I practice. I have type 1 diabetes.

Comment by Ram Prakash Singh on January 11, 2013 at 11:46am
I have type 1. I am definitely lucky in that i caught the diagnosis early. My hypothesis is that I've been able to stop the destruction of insulin producing cells and perhaps even repair the damage. I'll write another blog post about why i think this. What kind of exercise do you do?
Comment by KML on January 11, 2013 at 6:16pm

Great story. I think there is something to be said about the Paleolithic lifestyle. I have gradually found myself eating this way. and Boy does it affect my control. I have weird ups and downs that I can not explain, but since I have become more serious with this I have noticed more stable readings. I eat this way all day until dinner. I wish I had your guts and dedication! Keep it up!

Comment by DeeJay on January 11, 2013 at 9:49pm

Maybe thats why I still have occasional spikes in my glucose. I was diagnosed as an infant and I am now 24. Perhaps my pancreas no longer produces insulin... at all. For exercise I jog and hike.

Comment by Holger Schmeken on January 12, 2013 at 3:36am

People like you do exist. At some point the destruction of the beta cells stops and the beta cell mass is fully recovering. You think that this was done by using Paleo and Yoga. I think that this would have happened anyway because you are the lucky one in 100.000 T1 diabetics. If you really want to find out what happend volunteer for the Faustman lab and donate blood. I am sure your case is interesting for their work.

Comment by Don on January 12, 2013 at 7:58am

Please do post more about your experience.

Comment by Brian (bsc) on January 12, 2013 at 10:00am

Were you diagnosed with T1 based on a positive antibody test and a c-peptide test that showed you were not producing enough insulin? That is T1. I'd be interested in hearing your experience.

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