Health Recovery Program
Eighty percent of overweight adults develop diabetes; probably 75 percent or more of these could be
cured simply by following the Health Recovery Program. Follow the program for a full year before making any
exceptions. Symptoms may clear rapidly, or very slowly over a year or more. Those who have a flat glucose
tolerance curve can expect to be more resistant to treatment. After the year is up, gradually switch to a regular
maintenance diet, while faithfully continuing the exercise, regularity, and other good health measures.
- Premature Aging Indicating Need for the Program
Birth weight over 8 pounds
Heart rate over 80
More than 5 fillings by age 20
More than 5 missing teeth by age 30
Rapid growth in early childhood
Low resistance to disease with frequent colds, sore throats,
Appendectomy boils, and skin and nail problems
- Out of Ideal Range Listed Below
BUN above 15
Sodium above 140
Cholesterol 100 + age
WBC 3000 to 6000
Triglycerides above 100
Hemoglobin: Female ............10.5-12.5 / Male ............... 12.0-14.75
Uric acid above 5
Uses of Diet
Use the Health Recovery Program Diet for physical symptoms and signs, or laboratory test results suggesting a kind of
metabolic problem involving major nutrients.
o Hay fevero Headacheso Shooting painso Unsteadiness on feeto Dizzinesso Compulsionso Diarrheao Nervousnesso
Fatigueo Intestinal gaso Sleeplessnesso Indigestiono Heart palpitationso Depressiono Constipationo A frequent sense
of frustration o Sensation of pressure in (or band around) the heado Ringing in the earso Involuntary jumping or jerkingo
Excessive cravings for foodo Easily impatient or irritatedo Bizarre thoughtso Scalp symptoms
(like water dripping or ants crawling)o Inability to organize work or concentrateo Inability to dial
a telephone number without checking
For menu suggestions see Eat For Strength cookbook.
For the first year we recommend the oil-free diet.
A vegetarian diet is best. However, if meat and eggs are eaten, they should be overcooked to try to kill
germs, and blotted to remove excess fat. Limit use in accordance with American Heart Association
recommendations to two to five times a week, except for objectionable meats such as pork, ham, bacon,
sausage, hot dogs, hamburger, canned meat spreads, pressed meats, and canned composite meats
such as Spam, which should all be permanently eliminated. (There are acceptable substitutes.)
There are cheeses, butters, and sauces made from nuts, potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, onions or other
vegetables and seasonings that provide delightful creams, spreads, and dips for vegetables, pastas and
breads. Simple and inexpensive dishes can be made from appropriate recipes. See recommended cookbook.
3. High protein substitues
These products are best used as a temporary measure while making the change to the vegetarian diet.
They are more healthful than meats, but not as good as the unconcentrated, unrefined foods from which
these products were obtained. The meat substitutes are generally manufactured from soy beans and grains.
It should be emphasized that all concentrated foods should be used sparingly, mainly as seasonings.
Use only whole grains. Two or three may be mixed for a single bread. Bread should be thoroughly
cooked, and well masticated.
Use only whole grains. Commercial cream of wheat is not a whole grain. If you like cream of wheat,
substitute bulgur wheat or farina, or use the recipe in EAT FOR STRENGTH for cream of wheat using
whole kernel wheat. You may also make cream of rice, cream of corn, or any whole grain. Some other
easily prepared whole grain cereals are oatmeal steel-cut oats, granola (without oil or honey), wheat
cereals, buckwheat, barley, millet, brown rice, grits, or whole wheat macaroni. Soy spaghetti is also acceptable.
Vegetables may be used in liberal quantities. When used in the menu as a vegetable rather than as a
main dish, the very starchy vegetables such as Irish potatoes, corn, spaghetti, macaroni, potatoes, or
dried beans should be restricted to about 100 calorie portions. If corn, rice, spaghetti, macaroni, potatoes,
or dried beans and peas are used as a main dish, a single serving should contain 250 to 300 calories.
Very active persons, young men, and pregnant or lactating mothers may need seconds.
7. Milk products
Milk products are not recommended. Milk sensitivity is the most common form of food sensitivity in the
United States. Many symptoms having obscure or unknown causes have their origin in milk use. There
is invariably a stomach problem in persons with the hypoglycemic syndrome. Leaving off milk will benefit
some of these individuals more than they could believe.
8. Milk substitutes
Recommended are nut milks, soy milk made from soybeans or flour (not commercial soy milks which are
heavily sweetened), cheeses made from nuts, flours or vegetables; and sour and sweet creams made
from special recipes. These milks may be used sparingly in cooking and in limited quantities with meals.
Green or black olives (not stuffed) and avocado (1/8 of a large one may be eaten.)
10. Nuts and seeds
Use all kinds sparingly, as well as their butters (peanut butter, almond butter, sesame butter, etc.). Wash
in cool water the shelled raw nuts, and sterilize them in the oven at 225¡Æ until dry. Raw nuts, sunflower,
pumpkin, sesame seeds, and others feel gummy while drying. Stirring occasionally hastens drying. Use
nuts raw, or lightly roasted. Pumpkin seeds are said to be good for prostate problems.
11. Coffee and tea substitutes
All beverage herb teas are acceptable, such as lemon grass, gossip, lemon mint, peppermint, etc. Postum,
Caffag, Pero and other coffee substitutes are also acceptable, but some of this type of beverage have
molasses or sugar beet residues in them. Check labels carefully. Remember that tea and coffee should
be light drinks, not hearty and rich or nourishing. The only ingredient is water. All the rest is coloring,
flavoring, or sweetening.
12. Artificial seeteners
It is best to learn to eat foods in their natural, unsweetened state as much as possible. One should cultivate
the habit of leaving off sweeteners. If the risks are taken in using these substitutes, they should be used in
small amounts, not more than the equivalent of three teaspoons of sugar daily.
All fresh fruits may be used, and all fruits canned in water pack or natural juices. Bear in mind that fruit juices
should be classed as refined foods, having had the fiber removed.
Foods to avoid
White, brown, or raw sugar; fructose, honey (for diabetics and hypoglycemics no type of honey can be used),
syrups, jams, jellies, preserves, jello, etc.
Pies, cakes, any sweetened desserts, jello, which is only sweetened, colored, and flavored water with a small
amount of gelatin (a highly refined protein). Learn to make your own pies and cakes healthfully from a good
cookbook using no concentrated foods.
Cheese is not the best food. The putrefactive process results in the production of amines, ammonia, irritating fatty
acids (butyric, caproic, caprylic, etc.) and lactic acid. These are all waste products which cause irritation to
nerves and gastrointestinal tract. Tyramine, one of the toxic amines produced in cheese may cause migraine
Certain of the amines can interact with the nitrates present in the stomach to form nitrosamine, a
cancer-producing agent. An intolerance to lactose, the chief carbohydrate of cheese and milk, is
probably the most common food sensitivity in America. Rennet is used in the curdling of milk for cheese
manufacture. Most rennet is obtained from the whole stomach lining of calves, kids, or pigs, and a very
small percentage from vegetable sources.
4. Refined grains
White bread, buns, melba toast, crackers and saltines, cakes, cookies, white macaroni, spaghetti, white rice,
bolted corn meal, cream of wheat, and other refined grain products. Make your own whole grain melba toast
and melba waffles. Crackers, cakes and cookies which use baking soda or powder, eggs, milk, shortening,
flavorings, colorings and sugar are unhealthful. They can, however, be made healthfully. The whole grain
pastas require a little more cooking, but with a bit of experience the cook handles these just as well as the
5. Dry cereals
Granola made with sugar, honey or oil; all boxed cereals.
6. Sweet fruits and vegetables
All dried fruits (raisins, dates, figs, etc.) are concentrated foods. It is easy to overeat on them, overloading the
body with too much food. Having overworked the digestive system, most people experience an "all gone" feeling
before the next meal. This sensation which many do not understand results from a sort of fatigue of the digestive
apparatus. Bananas, mangoes, watermelon (difficult for some to digest), and sweet potatoes should be avoided.
Grapes if taken generously, may cause shakiness or weakness before the next meal.
7. Caffeine drinks
Coffee, tea, cola drinks, and chocolate (even Sanka and Decaff). Nicotine has been recognized as a cause of
hypoglycemia. Tea and cocoa products cause constipation. All members of this group cause problems.
8. Soft drinks
All kinds, including powdered, bottled, etc. Fruit juices may occasionally make up part of the fluid in some recipes,
but generally water is better. Juices should not be taken regularly at meals in large quantities as they interfere with
digestion, dump quickly into the blood stream, and displace other, more important foods.
Spices have a number of evil influences on the body and nervous system. In India there is more cancer of the
stomach, due to the heavy use of spices. Many spices are capable of causing distortion of mental functions
and poor concentration. Vinegar, even the labeled apple cider vinegar, is irritating, both to the nervous system
and to body tissues. Pickles may be prepared from a good recipe, being essentially canned cucumbers with
lemon juice and salt. All products made with vinegar, relish, mustard, catsup, hot pepper sauce, commercial
mayonnaise, and other products must be avoided.
10. Medicines containing caffeine
Anacin, A.P.C., B,C., Caffergot, Cope, Coricidin, Dolor, Empirin Compound, Excedrin, Fiorinal, 4-Way Cold Tablets,
Stanback, Trigesic, Vanquish, and others.
Some general principles
Eat a substantial breakfast and lunch; supper, if eaten, should be only whole grains or fruit. We have found the
two meal plan allows the body the greatest opportunity to recover from the heavy work of digestion. There should
be at least five hours between meals. Do not vary mealtime by so much as a few minutes. Take no fluids with
meals. Chew well. Blood sugar levels in rapid eaters fluctuate more widely than in those who eat slowly, chewing
their food well. Expect that hypoglycemics may be nervous, irritable, and tend to get neurotic or self-centered, to
brood over supposed ills, and to dwell on physical or emotional symptoms. Handle them with gentleness.
Many advise a "high protein" feeding between meals, with a bedtime snack, and even eating during the night. This
practice is unphysiologic and prolongs the problem. The pancreas has been overstimulated and requires rest for
recovery. It should be stimulated only at certain specified intervals, so that it can regain its rhythmical pattern.
Therefore, mealtimes should be very regular, with as little variation as possible, and nothing eaten between meals.
Do not destroy the confidence of the patient in his doctor. He may be doing the very best he knows. Metabolic and
nutrition problems are still poorly understood by most physicians. The patient may need his physician in other ways,
and should not be needlessly cut off from him.
Caffeine and nicotine are potent stimulators of insulin production, and must be strictly avoided. Alcohol is highly
injurious, a concentrated carbohydrate, a pancreatic stimulant, and a cellular poison. Even small amounts accelerate
aging. To get "out of control" as a hypoglycemic does not mean that for a few hours he feels bad, and then all is well.
The hypoglycemic may require some weeks to regain a sense of well-being after a short period of indiscretion. Some
persons are highly sensitive to any transgression of health laws. And even if no ill effect is felt, the deterioration of the
vital structures is proceeding more rapidly.
We advise that legumes (beans, peas, peanuts, etc.) and the whole grains such as rice, be used
as a main dish as often as possible, rather than animal products. These simple and inexpensive foods
are excellent sources of protein, and have the advantage that they do not raise the blood cholesterol or
endanger the health from animal diseases. They also tend to have about one-third less calories than even
the lean meats.
Drink enough water between meals to keep the urine almost colorless. For most people, this will average six
to eight glasses a day. Drink water no closer than about fifteen minutes before meals, and wait about thirty minutes
or more after meals. Generally the less fluid taken with meals the better. Much weakness and fatigue are due to
compensatory water shifts, and the person is actually "wilted" even if no thirst is experienced.
Exercise is your best friend. Twenty minutes per day is minimal. One hour daily is better, but on certain days three
to five hours may he needed Do not get sunburned and do not make your muscles sore with too much exercise.
Both of these are unhealthful Gradually build to a good exercise level without ever developing sore muscles. Exercise
helps keep your appetite under control, neutralizes stress, lowers blood cholesterol, promotes digestion, and
normalizes blood sugar. Make it your companion. Breathe deeply while exercising and meditate on nature as
you work out.
Do you have the hypoglycemic syndrome?
1. Review the typical symptoms, signs, and laboratory findings given on page one.
2. Typical lifestyle and pattern of surgical procedures. The typical person has an active social life, was "in
everything" at school, and made good grades. Life has been rewarding until the present progression of
symptoms, causing life to be unbearable.
3. The five or six hour glucose tolerance test usually shows typical abnormalities, but occasionally may
not show them. No sugar should be spilled in the urine by normal kidneys in people who do not have diabetes.
If the blood sugar is either very high or very low in a glucose tolerance test, suspect the hypoglycemic syndrome.
The ideal range for all values except the thirty minute and one hour readings is between seventy and eighty-five.
Any reading above or below this ideal may mean trouble ahead. This disease does not come on without warning.
There are signals all along the way, from too rapid growth in infancy and childhood on through the dental caries
and teenage depressions or rebellions, until finally the blood chemistries show up with higher than the ideal blood
sugar and higher than ideal blood lipids (cholesterol 100 plus the age, and triglycerides around 100 or below).
This syndrome is misnamed "hypoglycemia" which indicates a disorder of carbohydrate metabolism. There is not
a single nutrient uninvolved in this syndrome, including vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and water. Some feel
protein toxicity or fat overload are as important as carbohydrate sensitivity.
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