Cayce Health Database
OVERVIEW OF NONINSULIN-DEPENDENT
(TYPE II) DIABETES
Of the estimated
13 to 14 million people in the United States with diabetes, between
90 and 95 percent have noninsulin-dependent
or type II diabetes. Formerly called adult-onset, this form of
diabetes usually begins in adults over age 40,
and is most common after age 55. Nearly half of people
with diabetes don't know it because the symptoms often develop gradually
and are hard to identify at first. The
person may feel tired or ill without knowing why. Diabetes can cause
problems that damage the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, and
Although there is no medical
cure for diabetes yet, daily treatment helps control blood sugar, and
may reduce the risk of complications. Under a doctor's supervision, treatment
usually involves a combination of weight
loss, exercise and medication.
The two types of diabetes, insulin-dependent
and noninsulin-dependent, are different disorders. While
the causes, short-term effects, and treatments for the two types differ,
both can cause the same long-term health
problems. Both types also affect the body's ability to use digested
food for energy. Diabetes doesn't interfere
with digestion, but it does prevent the body from using an important
product of digestion, glucose (commonly known as sugar), for energy.
After a meal the digestive system
breaks some food down into glucose. The blood carries the
glucose or sugar throughout the body, causing blood
glucose levels to rise. In response to this rise the
hormone insulin is released into the bloodstream to signal the body tissues
to metabolize or burn the glucose for fuel,
causing blood glucose levels to return to normal. A gland called
the pancreas, found just behind the stomach,
makes insulin. Glucose the body doesn't use right away goes
to the liver, muscle or fat for storage.
In someone with diabetes, this
process doesn't work correctly. In people with insulin-dependent
diabetes, the pancreas doesn't produce insulin.
This condition usually begins in childhood and is also
known as type I (formerly called juvenile-onset) diabetes. People
with this kind of diabetes must have daily
insulin injections to survive.
In people with noninsulin-dependent
diabetes the pancreas usually continues to produce some insulin, but the
body's tissue don't respond very well to the insulin
signal and, therefore, don't metabolize the glucose
properly, a condition called insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is
an important factor in noninsulin-dependent
The symptoms of diabetes may
begin gradually and can be hard to identify at first. They may
include fatigue, a sick feeling, frequent urination,
especially at night, and excessive thirst. When there
is extra glucose in blood, one way the body gets rid of it is through
frequent urination. This loss of fluids causes
extreme thirst. Other symptoms may include sudden weight loss, blurred
vision, and slow healing of skin, gum and urinary
Medical treatment for diabetes
treatment can reduce symptoms, like thirst and weakness, and the chances
of long-term problems, like heart and eye disease. If treatment
with diet and exercise isn't effective, a doctor may prescribe oral
medications or insulin. There is no known cure for diabetes; daily
treatment must continue throughout a person's lifetime. (Excerpted
from National Institutes of Health Publication No. 92-241.)
EDGAR CAYCE'S PERSPECTIVE
Edgar Cayce provided many psychic
readings for individuals who meet the criteria for Type II (noninsulin-dependent)
diabetes. Although the pathological process was unique for
each individual, some definite patterns of causation and treatment are
present in this body of information.
One of the most frequently cited causes of diabetes
in the Cayce information is spinal injury. The nerve supply to the
digestive organs (particularly pancreas and liver) is compromised by pressure
on nerve centers in the thoracic area of the spine. Most often the
problem is in the 5th - 10th thoracic vertebrae. Thus spinal adjustment
(osteopathic or chiropractic) is a primary therapy for the treatment of
Here us an example from a Cayce reading describing
the effects of spinal injury:
(Q) Is the condition diabetes, or what?
(A) Diabetic in its nature. As indicated, the pressure
is from the injury some time back that causes the overactivity. This lesion
is LATERAL in nature, rather than circular; thus there is not the DIRECT
pancrean reaction. But, as indicated, there are the symptoms; that
is, the liver activity, the excess at times and then again the scantiness
of the urine or the activities of the kidneys and the bladder, and the
disturbance with the circulation as to the blood pressure and the like,
- all show the disturbance through the pancrean and liver area; affecting
the other conditions sympathetically.
Hence we would make those applications consistently,
in the manners indicated.
(Q) Has anyone been cured that was in my condition?
(A) Many, many, many!
Do these things as outlined, and we will find we
will bring the better condition for this body.
Because there is less pain, less uneasiness and
less dizziness WITH the use of the artichoke, don't leave them off - for
several months; at least three times each week, see? (2393-1)
Note that in addition to spinal adjustments, the Jerusalem
artichoke is recommended as a dietary supplement. Diet (and particularly
the Jerusalem artichoke) is another primary therapy in the treatment of
diabetes. Since diet is a widely accepted treatment for diabetes,
its inclusion in this protocol is not surprising. Jerusalem artichoke
is not so widely regarded as a therapy for diabetes. The Therapy
section of this protocol provides considerable information on the role
of Jerusalem artichoke as well instructions for its use as a dietary supplement.
Although spinal manipulations, diet and Jerusalem
artichoke were a high priority in the treatment of diabetes, moderate
exercise was also frequently recommended. In the excerpt which follows,
diet is emphasized in addition to moderate general exercise (walking)
and specific therapeutic exercise:
(Q) Is the body diabetic?
(A) A tendency.
(Q) What can he do to protect himself against it?
(A) As indicated, the diet - and exercise of specific characters
that tend to tone up and to create a balance.
Keep away from meats, save a little fish or fowl.
None of vegetables that are of the pod variety. Those of the natures
that grow UNDER the ground are preferable, but plenty also of the leafy
And twice each week take the Jerusalem artichoke,
about the size of a hen egg; first raw - say on Tuesdays - and the next
time cooked, say on Thursdays, but cooked in its own juices (as in Patapar
Paper). Only eat one each time, you see. When cooked, season
it to make it palatable, but do not eat the skin - save the juices and
mash with the pulp when it is to be eaten. Eat it with the meal,
of course; whether it is taken raw or cooked. Do not take it between
meals, but at the regular meal.
Eat all of the vegetables especially of the leafy
variety; such as spinach, kale or mustards and the like. These,
too, should be prepared in their own juices - or in Patapar Paper.
Refrain from tea or coffee, especially if milk or
cream is used in same; but these may be taken moderately without such.
Refrain from any great quantity of butter or butter
fats. None of pastries, or pies; though foods that are of the diabetic
sugar-proof nature may be at times taken. Or, the use of beet sugar
is preferable to cane; or still more preferable is saccharine as shortening.
DO NOT take injections of insulin. If more insulin is necessary
than is obtained from eating the amount of artichoke indicated, then increase
the number of days during the week of taking the artichoke, see?
Then the exercise; walking regularly, and a five
to ten minute period of exercise morning and evening. This should
not be strenuous, nor too great an exertion at one time, but: Raise the
arms gently above the head. Then, with the arms lowered to level,
stoop - letting the arms not be extended in front or toward the floor
but keeping a balance, see? Then placing hands on hips, gently move
as to circulate the body upon the lumbar axis. (1963-2)
In several readings, Edgar Cayce recommended colon
hydrotherapy as an adjunct therapy in the treatment of diabetes.
The idea is to keep the lower intestines cleansed and thereby improve
the functioning of the whole alimentary canal. In certain cases,
problems in the colon were cited as causative factors in diabetes as noted
in reading 4023-1:
Also from these disturbances in the colon there
are diabetic tendencies, or there is the inability of the body to control
the activities of sugars taken into the body. (4023-1)
Finally, the Cayce health information consistently
maintains that the mental and spiritual aspects of healing are important.
Therefore, this protocol provides some specific recommendations for working
with attitudes, ideals and behaviors from a holistic perspective.
To summarize the approach advocated in this protocol,
the primary therapies are:
- Spinal Adjustment to correct any problems that may exist
in the nerve supply to the pancreas and associated organs;
- Basic Diet recommendations focusing on maintaining balance
with an emphasis on natural foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables;
- Dietary Supplementation with Jerusalem Artichoke to augment
the body's natural supply of insulin;
- Moderate Exercise is encouraged in the form of walking and
- Colon Hydrotherapy to improve eliminations and functioning
throughout the alimentary canal;
- Ideals Exercise to develop a healing attitude based on spiritual
Note: The above information is not intended for self-diagnosis
or self-treatment. Please consult a qualified health care professional
for assistance in applying the information contained in the Cayce Health