Preventing & Treating Diabetes Naturally: The Native Way
Did you know…
Psyllium husk reduces blood glucose levels?
Blueberries contain anthocyanidins, a powerful antioxidant that protects against neuropathy?
To calculate your required amount of daily water intake you divide your weight in half and drink that amount in ounces?
People with diabetes are healthier when they eliminate wheat from their diet?
This book provides a holistic approach to prevention and treatment, integrating Pacific Northwest American Indigenous healing traditions with complementary/alternative medicine. Special chapters include historical trauma, massage and polarity therapy for neuropathy, effective nutritional supplements, herbs, and herbal-nutrient interaction with pharmaceuticals.
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What This Book Will Teach You
You will learn…
- Specific nutrition protocols to prevent and address diabetes type 2
- Why there is no one diet for everyone
- Step-by-step methods including the science of natural medicine
- Historical trauma and its influence on diabetes among Pacific Northwest Indigenous peoples
- Herbal interventions to lower blood sugar
- Exercises to enhance insulin uptake
- Protocols to address neuropathy
- How to create an affordable whole foods program
- Conduct community organizing for improving health with foods
And much more…
“Reading this book as a healthcare provider, research consultant, and person living with diabetes, I not only feel heard, I feel better equipped to take action in my life and with my clients. Once I started reading I couldn’t put it down! Thank you for making healthy choices make sense.”
Diana Thompson, LMP
President, American Massage Therapy Foundation
“This book provides one of the most progressive, thorough and interesting approaches to understanding the healing/disease process that I have ever read. The analysis and methods in this book reach to the next level of how holistic healing is defined.”
Eleanora Lipton, CMT, RPE
Founder and Co-director of Atlanta Polarity Center
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Let me tell you more about the book
Preventing and Treating Diabetes Naturally is a work that evolved over 30 years of practical experience and research. For over 30 years, Dr. Leslie Korn has directed the Center for Traditional Medicine, a public health natural medicine center, working in rural and urban communities practicing Integrative Medicine.
Trained in both physical health and mental health, she witnessed the powerful relationships between diabetes, chronic stress, trauma and pain. She has also led tens of thousands of patients to health and well-being using natural medicine.
Dr. Rudolph Rÿser is a leader who has worked in Indian Affairs since 1970, formulating laws and tribal health and natural resource policies in the United States, Canada, Australia and Nicaragua and he has worked internationally at the United Nations advising and organizing with Indian nations and other indigenous nations to restore self-government and cultural practices to enhance community health and well-being. He is also a traditional and natural foods chef.
“They are gathering together once again, to remember the wisdom of the elders, to tell stories, to find the old hidden places where the camas still grows and to prepare and share their foods with others.”
Together, Dr. Korn and Dr. Rÿser developed and presented dozens of different workshops on health and politics, always including a healthy food component that reflected the authentic foods and cultural traditions of the particular region. Inevitably, everyone loved gathering food, being in the kitchen and sharing stories about their food and diet. Many of these workshops form the basis of this book and training program. These experiences led to the method Korn and Rÿser call “culinary pedagogy.”
This prioritizes shared teachings about medicine, nutrition, and healing (and the intersection of politics and history) through hands-on methods such as gathering, preparing and sharing meals and medicines from the forest, land, and ocean “libraries.” Ironically, these are and have been the natural behaviors of many communities over millennia that have in large part been lost, and now await revival.
Dr. Rÿser was deeply influenced by his mother, a healer who taught him the methods of the Taidnepum peoples and the foods of the Salish peoples, even as they endured the poor quality commodities such as powdered milk, white four and canned beef made available as surplus commodities. Dr. Korn’s experiences of working in a remote, indigenous jungle community for 25 years where there was no physician, as well as for many years in the “urban jungle,” of Boston enabled her to test all of these methods on herself and her patients from diverse communities and adapt these principles to diverse environments.
For families and patients, this book is a reference tool, which can be reviewed on many occasions. It can be opened anywhere you wish to start. For the health care provider, this book is also a resource tool, with sections of the book that can be printed and used during workshops or for treatment and education of people with diabetes, their families, and their health care providers.
This book and educational program is designed to serve as a starting point for all communities and families who wish to either add, subtract, or adjust the ideas, recipes and protocols presented here so that they are appropriate to their individual health and the needs of their families and communities.
Remember! You need not have diabetes to benefit from the ideas and recipes in this book. This book will keep you healthy and happy!
About Leslie Korn
Dr. Leslie Korn has had a bi-lingual and bi-country clinical practice since 1977. She has taught multicultural counseling at California Institute for Integral Studies, Capella University, and Lesley University. She has worked as director of research and education at cwis.org, an indigenous directed nonprofit since 1996.