Only Forwards …

This is just a brief note to say ‘thank you’ for all who came along to Slate this afternoon for a catch-up and to all of the first generation of Dia-Beat This! participants.

I’ve been able to speak with most of you over the past couple of days, some in person, many on the phone and I want to congratulate you all on keeping on and capitalising on the life changes you started while on the course.

As I said today, one of the big areas of scepticism we encountered along the way from GPs and others in the medical profession was the idea that although participants could make changes while the course was running and they were under observation, so to speak, they would inevitably relapse once the course ended.

Well, we’re almost exactly three months on from the Celebration event on May 12th and I’m delighted to say that all the people I’ve spoken with are still keeping on with their low carb diets and are all reaping the benefits.

Today, Claire and I saw a roomful of people at Slate who are transformed. There’s now absolutely no doubt in our minds that although the outcomes regarding diabetes have some variability, the overall effect of the low carb approach to health is overwhelmingly positive.

That’s not to say that that low carb doesn’t a remarkable effect on Type 2 diabetes (T2D) – it does, it’s simply that recovery from the disorder has different shapes and speeds for different people, as it seems that T2D manifests itself differently from person to person. We’re analysing some of the varying shapes of T2D at the moment.

We already have many participants who are effectively not diabetic anymore and who will be receiving a second unmedicated non-diabetic HbA1c within the next three-or-so months and will thus eligible for removal from their respective Diabetic Registers, if they choose. And this, remember, is for a condition which is still commonly regarded as chronic and progressive, i.e. irreversible and only ever deteriorating.

Well, we beg to differ. Type 2 diabetes is reversible – and we’re proving it.

We’ll be starting up more rounds of the Dia-Beat This! course this autumn, staring in late September, probably in Kendal and Morecambe, possibly also in Barrow and if you know anyone with Type 2 diabetes who’d like to see if it’s reversible, if they want to take control of their health, then get in touch with us: info@diabeatthis.co.uk or 07562 414643, or via our page on Facebook: Diabeatthis.co.uk.

As before, we’re funding this out of our own pockets, at the moment we’re not doing this principally to make money and people on the course will only pay a small amount towards costs. We’re making a documentary film on T2D reversal and we hope participants will want to be part of it but they don’t have to be, if they don’t want to. Mainly, what gets us going, is knowing that this illness does not necessarily have to be the sentence of deteriorating health and shortened life that it’s all too often been described as.

So, to all our current Dia-Beat This! participants, a warm ‘thank you’ and we look forward to hearing more of your news over the coming weeks and months and to anyone wondering if they can do the same, get in touch.

Never backwards – only forwards!

Eddy & Claire x x x

Update and Meet-Up on Sunday the 13th of August

Hi folks, apologies for being quiet for so long, the BBC ate my head.

Now, updates:

The meeting I mentioned last month with Lord *** is still likely but it’s not now going to happen until September. Things are moving on that front though and I’ll tell you all about that when we meet up. I think it’s still likely that Lord *** is still going to want to meet up with as many of us as can make it.

We’ve had more success stories come through, from Miggy from the Kendal group and Phil from the Barrow group. My thanks to them both for their Facebook posts and our congratulations for the great changes they’ve made to their health. Steve from Kendal has also been in touch to say his eye health has improved to the point where he’s been effectively signed off by his consultant, (i.e. offered the option of being fully discharged, or coming back voluntarily for a six month check-up).

Truly, it’s an utter delight to know that this odd, speculative project we’ve cobbled together is capable of having such a profound effect … and so, we’re going to do some more!

This recent stint on Doctors has meant that we can keep the wolf from the door a little longer and so we’re going to knuckle down this autumn, set up a couple more groups and crack on with the film.

So, our next meet-up will be 3.00pm at Slate in Kendal, which is opposite Pizza Express. We may be in the upstairs area. If anyone has an alternative venue suggestion, we’d be happy to reconsider Slate.

We look forward to having a proper catch-up and hearing how your Reversal and Maintenance is coming along and I’ll tell you about the strange life of the TV director.

As always, very best to you all and speak soon,

Eddy x

Big Update! Congratulations, PHC Conference and Dates for your Diary (Sort Of!)

Hi Folks

OK, settle in, because this will be a long one …

First off, I want to pass congratulations to one of our Kendal participants, Andrew, who was told by his GP last Thursday that he is no longer diabetic!

He no longer has any signs or symptoms of T2D his HbA1c is 42 and, in his doctor’s words, his T2D is ‘in remission.’ We of course prefer ‘reversal’  to ‘remission’ because Andrew’s diabetes didn’t just magically evaporate, as ‘remission’ suggests, Andrew actively reversed his condition, with great focus and intent. This distinction between ‘remission’ and ‘reversal’ is made by David Cavan and is an important one.

Andrew will be passing me his latest HbA1c and other profiles when I see him next but suffice to say that he’s attacked is T2D with great diligence and this has paid off. In addition, he’s been told by his eye doctor that his eye health is good, with no sign of diabetic effect and he’s lost 42lbs since February when he began the Dia-Beat This! dietary changes. This is a real achievement.

As most of you know, I met Andrew back at the start of the year when we both attended a DESMOND course in Kendal. I was going out of curiosity, to check out the competition in diabetes education and, as you all know, I was not impressed with either the style or content of the course.

DESMOND is a shameful waste of public money and should be either completely revised or scrapped. Worse, the DESMOND advice that people with T2D should freely eat carbohydrates is negligent and damaging and I’m making a point of saying this on a public forum. There’s more than enough evidence now that low carb is good for health generally but essential for the treatment of T2D. This information has to break through because the current situation is costing people their health and their lives.

I remember Andrew, who I now know has a kind and gentle disposition, stuck out from the rest of the participants that day because he was angry.

He was angry at the inadequacy of the DESMOND message and angry to have diabetes. Andrew’s anger became his fuel for change.

And this is the point: It’s OK to get angry about T2D, in fact once you know the facts and about how useless and contrary dietary advice has been for the past 30+ years, anger is only correct and, if you utilise it the way Andrew has done, it can be very positive and potent.

From Ancel Keys onwards, much public health information regarding diet has been wrong. I’ve also recently found out, at the Public Health Collaboration conference at weekend of which more in a minute, that there’s actually lots of good, peer-reviewed science to say that low carb is healthy and beneficial, it’s just being ignored, for reasons you might care to guess at.

Well, all of you who’ve done Dia-Beat This! are living proof that this approach to T2D and to wider health and well being works. You’re valuable, folks! Your daily choices matter to you, to your families and also to a wider circle of people in the future who will benefit from your work. Keep it up.

Now, you should also know that your work has come to wider attention, indeed on an international stage!

The Public Health Collaboration had its second annual conference last weekend at Manchester Metropolitan University. PHC is an organisation aimed at raising the level and quality of public health education and information and you will be unsurprised to know that Dia-Beat This! falls neatly into this zone. Speakers included ‘Diet Doctor’ founder Andreas Eenfeldt and our friend Dr David Unwin. Dr David Cavan was also in the audience. To say that PHC is like Glastonbury for public health education geeks is about right. Some big headline acts, like Andreas Eenfeldt and Jason Fung, the intermittent fasting guru, and smaller, high quality performers, all intent on spreading the wiser word on health and health education.

Anyway, Drs David and Jen Unwin spoke on the Sunday about their work on reversing his patients’ T2D in Southport. David and Jen are on the advisory board of PHC and were warmly greeted.

Towards the end, David made a point of singling me out, saying words to the effect of, ‘Look, you don’t have to be a doctor to do this (to reverse diabetes), some people are taking this illness on, with amazing results. I attended an intensely moving event up in Cumbria last month, where a whole swathe of people have all attacked their diabetes with amazing results.’ At that point David asked me to make myself visible and I was given a solid round of applause. David Cavan then said a few words and also praised our work on Dia-Beat This!

While it’s very gratifying to get recognition from such an informed audience, I’m also well aware that that applause was for you all, as much as for Claire and I. So, once again, well done! Your achievements are being recognised and we don’t yet know the onward effect of what we’ve started together. Again, keep on!

Now, I’d like to give you a little bit more warning than previously about the date of our next get-together BUT I’ve been booked onto another block directing BBCs ‘Doctors’, ending on August 5th.

However – and I hope you’re all still reading – do you recall that I told you about a certain Lord *** (I’m not saying his name in public or the organisation he chairs, as I don’t know if it’s acceptable to talk about the negotiating process while it’s in progress – most of you know who he is though, as I’ve discussed this previously) who was interested in working with us? Well, since your the best indicators of the success of what we do, he’d like to meet as many of you as possible.

The organisation he chairs is considering backing a round of Dia-Beat This! in a very deprived part of Cumbria, which would be great for all concerned. Great for the people in this location, great for the organisation funding us and great for Dia-Beat This!, as if we can make what we do work in this place, it can work any and everywhere.

We did a visit at the start of the month and there are some great people there but there’s a very low starting point, as this place is a nutritional wasteland.

The only fresh food we could find on the whole estate, which is home to 3,500+ people, was a small vegetable rack in the estate’s McColls grocery shop, with five narrow racks, mostly made up of potatoes, onions and bananas. Every other shop seemed to be a takeaway.

It will be an uphill struggle but, as I said, if we can make inroads there and turn some people’s health around, there are likely to be longterm knock-on effects. I know some of you have said you’d like to help out with Dia-Beat This! courses in the future. I’d love for some of you to come up and talk about what you’ve done because there’s no substitute for hearing a person’s story from that person’s mouth.

So, I’m in the process of negotiating a date for Lord *** to come and meet you. Are you up for coming over to meet him? It’ll probably be in Lancaster, as Lancaster’s on the main train line to London, so apologies to everyone north and west of Lancaster but if you can find the time and make it over, it’ll not only be great to see you, you’ll be moving us all forward. As soon as there’s a date, we’ll be in touch.

I hope this finds you all in fantastic shape. Our two post-Celebration meet-ups have been well attended but if we’ve not heard from you since May 12th, please do drop us a line and let us know how you’re getting on.

Several more of you have been sending us non-diabetic test results and you are not forgotten in this and we will be celebrating you all in due course at your own personal ‘Ceremony of Non Diabetes’, details to be revealed anon!

Keep on and speak soon.

Best love,

Eddy, Claire and Iggy

P.S. FYI:

www.phcuk.org

Next Meeting Details – Saturday June 10th in Lancaster

Pre-election greetings from an Ibis Budget hotel in Birmingham! (Such is the glamorous life of a TV director. Yes, I’m back on Doctors).

You may have spoken with or received a message from the excellent Emma, Claire’s little sister, who’s passed on the info that our next fortnightly Dia-Beat This! meeting is happening this Saturday night (June 10th) at the Toll House pub in Lancaster, kicking off at 6.00pm.

Since our last meeting, several of you have been in touch with the good news that you’ve been getting non-diabetic HbA1Cs. This is not unexpected – but equally we can’t easily explain what a great feeling it is to know that so many of you are keeping it going and getting those hoped-for results. It’s partly what we started doing Dia-Beat This! for, so thank you and keep it up! We look forward to putting the first of you through the Ceremony of Non Diabetes in the not-too-distant future – details to be revealed!

Now, just as equally, if you’re finding it a struggle to keep to the path and maintain your reversal regime, please do try and come along to the get-together on Saturday. We don’t know for certain if anyone’s having a hard time now that the weekly meetings have ended but remember that Claire and I will support you as much as possible, as will your fellow Dia-Beat This!ists. We don’t know for a fact that anyone’s struggling but, honestly, out of 40 people, I’d be surprised if there weren’t at least a couple. Remember, I know all about difficulty and I still sometimes struggle  to maintain my reversal, so there’s never any disappointment or judgment from this side. The trick is to find the path and get back to it, as soon as you can. Come along on Saturday, if you can. If you can’t, drop us a line.

Claire is working on collating the group’s results, so if you have any new paperwork for us to copy on Saturday, any new HbA1cs for example, please bring them along and we’ll photo them for our archives.

OK, Emma tells us that from the people we spoke with, we should be getting a good turn-out on Saturday. We can vouch for the food at the Toll House, Claire and I have eaten there lots and the meat board and hanging kebabs are great.

Keep on keeping on and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

If you can’t make it, drop us an email and check in, it’ll be good to hear how you’re doing.

Cheers for now!

First Fortnightly Meeting

Hi Folks

Sorry to have been invisible for so long … ‘Doctors’ ate my life!

However, I finished ‘Doctors’ on Tuesday and yesterday Claire and I had a very interesting meeting in Manchester with Well North, which I look forward to telling you about tonight.

So, tonight is our first fortnightly meeting and the first since our Celebration event. We’re meeting at Wetherspoons on All Hallows Lane in Kendal at 7.00pm. If you can come, please do, it’ll be great to see you all again and check in on how you’re doing. If you can’t make it, come to the next one and whatever you do, keep on track. Sticking to the plan isn’t always easy but for people with T2D it’s essential. Keep on!

(By the by, if you fancy watching some impeccably-directed lunchtime drama, there are three episodes of BBC’s ‘Doctors’ airing on the 9th, 10th & 11th of October. You may find the content of a couple of the episodes surprising – I certainly did).

COUNTDOWN

Folks, as you know, we’re on the final stretch, with our grande (or Grange) finale on May the 12th at the Netherwood Hotel in, 7.00 for 7.30.

As you know, I’ve had to dive out for the last couple of weeks to go and direct a block of BBC’s ‘Doctors’, which is going well. I’m looking forward to catching up with all you on the 12th and telling you all about it.

I know Claire’s been doing a great job of hosting the remaining sessions and we’ve been thinking that this coming week’s will be the last of the course as it sounds to me like you’ve ‘got’ Maintenance, so banging that drum yet again now probably makes little difference. I’ve got a bumper handout for you all this week and if I can I’ll do all the toggle-cords for you too. Anyone non-Dia-Beat This! will be mystified – but too bad! 🙂

I can’t easily tell you what an interesting and amazing experience it’s been to do Dia-Beat This! with you all.

As I’ve said, the way in which you’ve all taken to reforming your health has taken Claire and I completely by surprise. At the outset, I’d have said that if even 20% of you had gone the distance and reversed your diabetes, that would have been a great result. Although we can’t presently know what the final figure will be, we are certain that in time the number of complete reversals will be much, much higher than that. You’ve also shown that 16 weeks is long enough to create utterly remarkable health changes, which again, we’ve been overwhelmed by. You’ve all taken control of your health – and you should be applauded for that.

After ‘Doctors’ ends in on May 23rd, I’ll be getting back onto the Dia-Beat This! film and in time I’d like to do filmed interviews with you all, if that’s OK.

Also, we’ll have out first pub night coming up on Thursday the 25th of May. We can discuss the details and practicalities on the 12th.

Finally, I’d like to also schedule a session with you all sometime in late August, early September to discuss how your reversal or maintenance is going.

But for now, I’m looking forward to the 12th and I hope this finds you all in fine form!

Thanks and very best for now,

Eddy

‘That Sugar …’

Sometimes, you wonder how you missed something so obvious.

At the start of the course, I showed you the ‘That Sugar Book’, a by-product of Damon Gameau’s excellent ‘That Sugar Film’.

And, of course, there’s a website – http://thatsugarfilm.com/#

I’ve not been all over it yet but what I have seen chimes perfectly with what we’ve been doing at Dia-Beat This! so have a look and let us know what you think.

There are some great recipes too.

See you in the week!

Is This The End Of Dia-Beat This!?

Well, time flies and we’re now three weeks away from the end of the first Dia-Beat This! course – but hopefully not the end of Dia-Beat This! itself.

On May 12th we’ll be having our Celebration Event at the Netherwood Hotel in Grange-over-Sands and the invites to non-participants will be going out early this week.

Dr David Unwin will be joining us for the evening and, for anyone who’s not already in the know, you can read more about him below.

We’re working on where to take Dia-Beat This! next and look forward to talking about it more in the coming weeks.

Suffice to say for now, thank you all for your work in showing that, given the right information and encouragement, we can take control of our health and reverse Type 2 diabetes.

Now, we just need to get the word out.

See you in the week and enjoy the weekend – wa-hey, the sun’s out!

The Big Interview – Dr David Unwin

Low-to-No Sugar Soft Drinks & Adverse Brain Effects?

Before we meet up again next week I thought I’d chuck this in for your consideration …

I know one or two of you like a diet soft drink, of which I’ve raised a tiny bit of scepticism before, since I’ve read in passing that such diet beverages can nonetheless cause rises in BG. Admittedly, I’d have to read more on this subject and ultimately the best guide, in all circumstances, is your very own blood glucose monitor. I know a couple of you have tested BG in specific relation to no-to-low sugar softs and found no clear result, so hey, at the point I have to pipe down!

However, this is an interesting study from point of illustrating science, business, politics and government, all rubbing up against each other in an illuminating fashion.

The US researchers who conducted the survey are very even-handed, saying, ‘This is interesting but it’s not conclusive and more work needs to be done before any real conclusions can be drawn.’

The British Soft Drinks Association unsurprisingly have more of an agenda, saying, ‘This means next to nothing and Public Health England like no-to-low sugar soft drinks as a healthy alternative to sugared beverages’, as though Public Health England are the most infallible source of advice – refer to previous comment on the carb-heavy ‘Eatwell Guide’.

What all this handsomely illustrates is how little we know about anything when it comes to nutrition. Interesting isn’t it that we know far more about the inner activity of tiny particles and the furthest reaches of space than we do about the precise mechanisms of human health. Being cynical, you might wonder if there’s more money in ignorance than in knowledge?

For safety, I’d go with Tam Fry’s advice at the end of the article – but each to their own refreshment!

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/apr/20/stroke-and-dementia-risk-linked-to-low-sugar-drinks-study-finds

Thank You and Happy Easter!

This is a message to everyone doing Dia-Beat This! and to anyone beyond who checks in here.

Basically, T2D reversal is possible, it does take focus but it’s not complicated and we have 39 people who are conclusively proving that it’s achievable.

This is a quick message to say ‘Thank You’ for your hard work in taking control of your health.

Well done, thank you all and keep on!