A letter to the editor in the Kennebec Journal (Maine) had this gem:
Physicians don't address diabetes the right way
On Nov. 4, the Kennebec Journal discussed the epidemic of diabetes. Diabetes is a nutritional disease. Dr. Sears said that this was a "societal problem" due to less activity and bigger portions.
But the Centers for Disease Control Health Report shows we are more active and many of us eat fewer calories than we did in 1994. Clearly calories in, calories out is oversimplified. Eating equivalent calories from carrots or coke will do profoundly different things to the body. Doctors must address the individual needs of patients, checking thyroid levels, stress levels, sleep deprivation and simple carbohydrate intake. But 72 percent of overweight patients are never even told by their doctors to lose weight (Nov. 7, KJ).
On Nov. 9 in the newspaper, we learned a low-carb diet is "not a risk" for heart disease. Protein sparing fasts have been shown to lower: "Fasting plasma glucose and HbA1c." In clinical practice, I have seen blood sugars drop into the normal range when patients change their diets. In effect, we have the cure for type II diabetes and we are not training our doctors to use it. Even in 2006, only 30 percent of medical doctors have ever taken a separate course on nutrition. These are the specialists who are trying every drug possible when the diet of their patients is literally killing them.
Dr. Christopher Maloney