My husband is a type 1 insulin-dependent diabetic. I married a handsome, sexy, funny, brilliant and successful comedy writer. He shot up on our first date right at the dinner table. I allowed myself to fall in love with him knowing he had an incurable disease. I thought his illness could be “managed” with insulin. Well, maybe it can be managed if you know how to manage a serial killer, because that’s what diabetes is—a mass murderer.
79 million Americans aged 20 or older have prediabetes and nearly 50 million Americans are expected to have the disease by 2050. Currently, there are 25.8 million people or 8.3 percent of the U.S. population living with diabetes, with an estimated 7.0 million people who are unaware they have the disease, the CDC reports.
Right now the man I love looks like he crawled out of a pile of bodies at Auschwitz and my heart is breaking. He is six feet tall and weighs 138 lbs. He’s one of 15% of diabetics called “normal weight” diabetics. He used to be big and strong. He used to take care of everything and he made me feel safe and secure. Now it’s all different.
We’ve entered a parallel universe—the world of the unwell. But you don’t run away when a disaster strikes. You march against the wind. You become the rock, the only thing still standing while everything you hold dear, everything you took for granted, crumbles under your feet and into a sink hole. I now lead this weak, pale, quasi-ghost by the hand from specialist to specialist while he trips over curbs, muttering, angry at what has become of his life.
I can’t stop crying. I can’t sleep. I watch him all night to make sure he is breathing. I’m scared. I don’t want to be a widow.
#Diabetes is not just a disease. It’s a soul-crushing, heart-wrenching, body-wasting, mind-fuck that will send you to Hell way before it mercy-kills you. It’s scarier than a Grimm’s fairy tale, more graphic than any horror movie. Before it kills you, it will take your eyes. It will take your toes, then your feet. It will take your kidneys, too, and hook you up to a dialysis machine for the rest of your rotted life. You’ll get sores that don’t heal and you’ll look like the lepers creeping around in the movie Ben Hur. It will take your will to live and it will take your heart. It’ll not only take your heart, it will break the heart of everyone who loves you.
If all of us touched by this disease could cry in one place, our tears would rival the ocean.
I am holding the food industry and Big AG personally responsible for doing this to my husband and 28 million other American diabetics. If you are diabetic or even prediabetic, ignore 80% of clueless endocrinologists and bullshit dieticians and nutritionists because they are either stupid, willfully ignorant or paid off by a corrupt and broken health care system. Sugar, animal fats and animal proteins will harm your organs, all of them. The food you eat is going to KILL YOU.
Don’t take my word for it. Kaiser Permanente, the largest health care system in America, is advising all of its physicians to advise all of their patients, regardless of their health issues, to go on a vegan diet.
From the Kaiser Permanente 2013 Nutritional Update for Physicians:
“Healthy eating may be best achieved with a plant-based diet, which we define as a regimen that encourages whole, plant-based foods and discourages meats, dairy products, and eggs as well as all refined and processed foods.”
Insurance companies are furious. The pharmaceutical and medical device companies are deliberately hiding the truth from you. They pay off the doctors. They lie to the doctors and gin up the need for the drugs and devices. The hospitals are corrupt, rotten to the core. Imagine preventing diabetes by simply exchanging your Big Mac, fries, milk shake and cheese cake desert for kale, tempeh, quinoa and a desert of fresh berries? Add a 15 minute walk after that meal and you can either prevent diabetes, reverse diabetes or arrest advanced complications of diabetes? What? Is it even possible? Some delicious vegetables, beans, grains, seeds, nuts and fruits along with moderate exercise will control your blood sugar levels? What? Can it be true?
Try it. What do you have to lose, other than your life?
Yes, we all have a choice to go Vegan (I’m a vegan and an animal rights professional) but with the ads everywhere and the culture of animals as food that we all grew up in, it is a difficult idea to grasp for many people. I tried for YEARS to get my husband to listen. I threw all animal products into the garbage as soon as they were brought in to my kitchen. I showed my husband undercover videos of animals being kicked and punched and murdered in slaughter houses. I made him read the greatest book on the subject of eating animals. But I could not control what he ate outside of our home.
My husband has spent his career writing for television. He has had the career aspiring television writers can only dream of. But Hollywood writing rooms are a death zone for diabetics. They sit around the writing room in front of bowls of jelly beans, twizzlers, pretzels, and candy bars…and if they work past dinner time, they order pizza with dead pig and loaded with animal fat, CHEESE— SITTING and EATING while they make jokes for TV. And then the networks broadcast the shows so that they can be paid by the food industry—the food industry that is KILLING millions of Americans with heart disease, diabetes, strokes, cancer.
The enemy is not Al Qeida. The enemies are the food industry, Big AG and the pharmaceutical industry, which are very HAPPY you are sick. They are the billionaire robber barons who are killing you slowly and getting richer the sicker you are.
If you can prevent, reverse and arrest diabetes complications with diet and exercise, and they know this, then why is the medical establishment allowed to get away with putting millions of Americans on drugs with dangerous side effects, turning patients into impoverished prescription junkies? Isn’t it fraud? High blood pressure, high bad cholesterol, clogged arteries—these symptoms can all be reduced drastically by eating food that didn’t scream while he or she was incarcerated, tortured and killed.
They sell you the “food.” You eat it and slowly die. While you are suffering, the medical and Big Pharma industries get all your money so not only are you sick, but you’ll go broke too. The insurance industry is in on it, co-conspirators (the pre-existing condition clause is seriously pissing them off because it cuts into their profiteering).
I want my husband to get well. In the last two weeks, he has been on an exclusively vegan diet and guess what? His blood sugar numbers are turning around like a miracle. I’d like to thank Dr. Neal Barnard of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine for taking the time to call me, for helping so many sick people and for standing up to the medical establishment and the food industry and also for doing all those nutrition studies without torturing animals.
As a vegan and animal rights activist, it is difficult for me to understand how people can ignore the horrific cruelty and violence inflicted on animals before they get to your plate. Some well-meaning people try to make excuses for eating dead animals by buying “humane meat” or “free-range chickens.” Diabetes is not my area of expertise but animal cruelty IS. Take note: there is no such thing as happy meat. All those animals, including fish, wanted to love, to enjoy friends, to feel the sun on their face—each one wanted to live just like we do. Each one feels pain just like we do.
Go Vegan. Save your life, save the animals, save the planet.