11. Why You Have Diabetes
It is your total way of living that causes you to develop diabetes—your excesses, deficiencies and poison habits. Excesses include: overeating, overworking, wrong emotions, worry, anxiety, tension, etc. Deficiencies are: lack of sleep, lack of rest, lack of exercise, demineralized foods, lack of fresh air, lack of sunshine, and lack of emotional poise. Finally, by your poisonous habits, you add to the total toxic load of the body. You poison your body with alcohol, coffee, tea, soft drinks, cigarettes, poisoned articles passing for food, the many drugs thrown into your system daily to suppress the discomforts arising from a way of life that is destructive to health. The real cause of diabetes came before the deficiency of insulin.
Dr. Vetrano says that most writers on the subject think that there is a definite link between diabetes and civilization. In more primitive atmosphere it would naturally follow that there would be fewer cases of all varieties of diseases, including diabetes. In primitive conditions food is more natural, working hours fewer, more sleep and rest can be obtained, air and water are purer, there is less tension and worry, and the way of life more simple in general. More sunshine and exercise are incorporated into each day. Primitive living is more healthful, hence, fewer diseases develop.
Dr. Shelton says, “Diet and drink, sleep, work and play, and many other factors enter the cause of every so-called disease. Any form of overstimulation—mental, emotional, sensory, physical, chemical, thermal, electrical—may give rise, first to functional, and, finally, to organic disease. Diabetes is a functional disturbance at its beginning.”
Diabetes is more prevalent in those countries where sugar consumption is highest—United States, France, Germany and Great Britain. Every fat person is a potential diabetic. Overeating results in overwork of the pancreas and as overwork of any organ results in impairment of the function of the organ, pancreatic failure results. If its causes are not corrected, functional impairment gradually passes
into organic disease.
Carbohydrate excess (in refined form) places a strong stress on the pancreas and when this gland is overworked by too great an intake of starches and sugars, there will be first, irritation and inflammation, then enlargement, followed by degeneration. The body then loses control of
However, overeating of refined carbohydrates is not the sole contributor to pancreas impairment. Anything that produces enervation—tobacco, tea, coffee, chocolate, cocoa, alcohol, cola, loss of sleep, overwork, general overeating, emotionalism, etc., impairs organic function in general, including pancreatic function.
- Part I – Diabetes Mellitus
- Part II – Diabetes Insipidus
- Part III – Hypoglycemia
- Questions & Answers
- Article #1: Diabetes Mellitus By Dr. Herbert M. Shelton
- Article #2: Diabetes