Patrick J. Skerrett

A Chia Pet for diabetes?

Like swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano in the spring, Chia Pets begin appearing every December on late-night television and in the gift aisles of many stores. (Full disclaimer: I bought one for the Yankee Swap at Harvard Health Publication’s annual Christmas party.) Water these ceramic figures and they sprout a green “fur” from seeds embedded on the surface. Silly? Sure, that’s why they are such a hit. What you might not know is that the seeds may someday be a real gift for people with diabetes.

Chia seeds come from a plant formally known as Salvia hispanica, which is a member of the mint family. It gets its common name from the Aztec word “chian,” meaning oily, because the herb’s small, black seeds are rich in oils. It was a staple food for the Aztecs, and legend has it that their runners relied on chia seeds for fuel as they carried messages one hundred or more miles in a day. Chia seeds contain more healthy omega-3 fats and fiber than flax or other grain seeds. They are also a good source of protein and antioxidants.

Some preliminary research indicates that chia seeds could—I stress the “could”—help people with diabetes control their blood sugar and protect their hearts. Studies in animals show that a chia-rich diet lowers harmful LDL cholesterol and triglycerides while increasing beneficial HDL cholesterol. And a white-seeded variant of chia, called Salba, helped diabetic volunteers control their blood sugar, as well as their blood pressure and new markers of cardiac risk, such as C-reactive protein. The results were published in the journal Diabetes Care.

Before you rush out to buy Salba, which is sold online and in health food stores, keep in mind that it worked only slightly better than wheat bran (which is less expensive and easier to find). In addition, the study was small (20 volunteers), lasted for just 12 weeks, and the results haven’t yet been replicated.

The real message of this work is that cutting back on highly refined grains (white bread, white rice, etc.) and embracing more whole grains (whole-wheat bread, brown rice, oatmeal, quinoa, chia, and more) is good for people with diabetes and almost everyone else. Numerous studies show that eating more whole grains and foods made from them and cutting back on highly refined grains is an excellent way to fight heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic conditions. Coupling that with the stress reduction you get from watching a Chia Pet’s fur grow could really make a difference!

Related Information: Healthy Eating for Type 2 Diabetes

Comments:

  1. Michael

    I believe that Chia Seeds will one day help pets with health problems as well as humans. I am a pet health researcher and I am interested in the possible advantages of adding this seed to pet food.

  2. Vicky

    Thank you, in flax seed you have the omega 3 EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) what kind of omega 3 fat is included in chia seed?

    Thanks

  3. Karen@obagireviewsx.com

    Another advantage of the diet in whole grains is making one feel full fiber and slow burning carbs. After that it’s hard (for some) to pack in the sweets.

  4. How to grow Microgreens

    When i was learning how to grow Microgreens, i came across these Chia seeds and i never knew what they really were until now. Thanks for the informational post…

  5. arijaka

    nice info.. i have family that’s have diabetes too.. thanks

  6. shidik

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  7. Kevin

    As you say, silly but a hit. Remember the pet rock craze?

    Interesting information about chia seeds and diabetes. I suspect some of their effects relate to the omega-3 content as well as fiber.

  8. Simon Hurst

    Unusual take on the worth of Chia Pets. Do you know if there are any studies into the worth of this to reduce the risk of contracting diabetes. This would be of particular interest for those groups that would naturally be highlighted as at increased risk of diabetes.

  9. Alexandra

    My uncle swears that chia seeds have helped him stay healthy over the years. Among other illnesses, he is diabetic. I always chalked it up to be a little bit too optimistic when it came to diabetes, but I certainly need to re-evaluate chia now. I sent him a linkarticle.

    Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

  10. john

    Someone who is grossly overweight, eats KFC only and no veggies, drinks sugar soda and alcohol, eats lots of pastries and candy all the time, etc. can go through life without getting diabetes. While someone who is slim, has a good daily work out, eats a very healthy diet all his life, can be diabetic.

  11. curly

    I’ve definitely cut back on eating white breads, I never wanted to give it up for the much healthier wheat. I just came to realize how I need to start taking care of my health now or I may be suffering later on in life.

    Your article just confirms this for me. Thanks

  12. reza

    Women have to be very careful during their gestational diabetes test in order to avoid any kind of complications.
    Your articles help me understand more about diabetes

  13. Anonymous

    We all knew whole grains were good for the heart, but hadn’t seen studies showing that they’re good for diabetics as well. With 20 Million + diabetics in America, maybe Cherios should add that “helps control diabetes” to their current marketing efforts about cholesterol reduction.
    Thanks to everyone for your great articles & Merry Christmas xxx

  14. Anonymous

    I knew whole grains were good for the heart, but hadn’t seen studies showing that they’re good for diabetics as well. With 20 Million + diabetics in America, maybe Cherios should add that “helps control diabetes” to their current marketing efforts about cholesterol reduction. LOL.
    Fun article. Thanks to everyone for your great articles & Merry Christmas xxx

  15. Gavin

    What a usefull piece of information. I have passed this to few of my friends whose parents are having diabetes. I am sure this will help them out. I absolutely agree that controlling the intake of sugar is a must! I’ve also heard Yoga by Ramdev is an alternation solution to this problem.

    stay fit guys!

    cheers,
    Gavin

  16. Elizabeth Go

    Thank you for all this wonderful information for all of us. My mom has suffering type 2 diabetes and this article is giving me such info I’ve been looking for!

  17. subtitrari

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  18. Thermoworks

    Thank you for all this wonderful information for all of us Type 2 diabetics. All the insights we can obtain only can help us live more fulfilling lives.

  19. Thermapen

    I have type 2 diabetes and really appreciate this article!

  20. sabri

    it’s look not delicious Chia Seeds, but would love to try.

  21. Naomi Hunter

    What a great article. Who would have thought something so simple could be so effective.
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  22. Anonymous

    very work, very informative for diabetes

  23. Back2DLab

    I’ve recently incorporated Chia seeds into my diet by baking them into muffins. It’s the only palatable form that I’ve come across thus far. As diabetes, blood pressure, and cholesterol often go hand in hand…this seed sound like a miracle food. Thank you.

  24. Simone

    Good article but I read the article on PubMed and results are not so exciting.

    Thanks,
    Simone

  25. John stevensen

    I have found this blog to have lots of potential and lots of relevant articles.
    keep up wit h the good work.

    John Stevensen

  26. Tabletka-Info.ru

    This post is very informative. I’ve learned a lot from this. Thanks for sharing this information to us.

  27. James

    Awesome read! Going to buy some for my dog.

    -James

  28. James

    My pet loves this stuff. The stuff called petchia is the best.

    -James

  29. codyouztd

    Very good post. I always enjoy reading any articles which promote a better diet for people.
    We all will find ourselves eating the wrong foods or at the wrong time and not really give it much thought.

  30. Richard Elzey

    I have Type 2, so very interesting article.

  31. Matt

    Is it considered as one of the diabetes super foods?

    Matt
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  32. Anonymous

    Eat more fiber that’s less in sugar..carbs are high in fiber but also high in sugar…

  33. walter

    You must have a good and healthy food for fast losing weight.

  34. willy

    thanks for share it.

  35. Marc Azada

    I hope there would be more studies about Chia Pet and how it can be really used as a cure for diabetes. A lot of people with diabetes are looking for an alternative medication, hopefully Chia Pet would be a good source of alternative medication.

  36. Anonymous

    Cutting back on the refined grains and switching to more whole grains is something we can probably all benefit from, Diabetic or not. As far as cutting stress by watching the Chia grow, it depends on whose presidential head it is growing on…

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  37. Josh

    it’s look not delicious, but worth to try. Thx

  38. kemal

    Thanks A good contribution to people little understood in this issue of Diabetes
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  39. Peter

    A good contribution to people little understood in this issue of Diabetes

  40. Wayne Burke

    Very good post. I always enjoy reading any articles which promote a better diet for people.
    We all will find ourselves eating the wrong foods or at the wrong time and not really give it much thought.

    I find that many people get very confused when they hear what other people are eating in their diets. They then don’t understand why the diet won’t work for them. They have to understand that everyone’s metabolism is different.

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  41. Yoel

    A good contribution to people little understood in this issue of Diabetes

  42. Katrina Kaif

    Nice article

  43. Jonathan

    Wouldn’t it be crazy if something as simple as a “Chia” seed was the way to control blood glucose levels? This is a great post and I look forward to reading future posts.
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  44. Nathan Leavitt

    Who would have thought that chia pets could help with diabetes? Thanks for the good information

  45. Obat Diabetes Alami

    I never thought that chia pets could be that helpful in helping with certain problems. I do agree with you that eating healthy in general will reap health benefits and chia health foods are natural and contain nutrients that benefit that human body. So, overall the switching from unhealthy and junk food that most people eat every day to natural foods, whether it is chia or whole grains, is what will help with health conditions.
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  46. Frank

    I found this site while searching for information on raw food diets.
    Had no idea I might someday be eating a chia pet! LOL But really, one
    thing I have noticed is that as a guy entering his early fifty’s I
    started to lose a lot of the inner tube around my waist when my wife
    took our family off of white bread and started feeding us whole grain
    breads. Nice to know that it also has an added health benefit! Dang, I
    hate it when she’s right!
    Frank
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  47. Ascension Food

    I will share this with others. I am interested in seeing the results of people with diabetes and heart issues using it. The whole food product I distribute does have people seeing positive changes.

  48. Anonymous

    Diabetes is a common disease now. My mother is a patient of Diabetes. I don’t know how to keep it under control. Anybody help me please.

  49. Diabetic Diet Resources

    I am loving the insight. Not enough talk about good whole grains, for instance chia seed, potentially having a positive effect on diabetic blood sugar control.
    How did the chia seed help the volunteers though? I find it interesting how so many items in one “family” of food groups act in so many diverse ways.

  50. sanmay

    what a nice share.. I mean very very useful information.. thanks for sharing, love to come here again..

  51. John Cruise

    The real message of the story is the most important one. It is most important to not rely on highly refined grains as food staples in our diets. Then we wouldn’t have to try chia seeds to control blood sugar. Diabetes would be a thing of the past.
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  52. cystic acne

    Wow, when I first starting reading this post I was only curious because the name Chia Pets you used in the article title, but as I started reading I realized that you actually made a great impact on me. First of all, thanks for letting me know the scientific benefits the chia plant seeds have on health. I am actually wondering if the lowering cholesterol ability on animals can actually lower bad cholesterol in humans, coz my dad has a lot of pills for that and nothing seems to work as effectively..What do you think?

  53. en que consiste la dieta dukan

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  54. generalx

    AW, this was a great post indeed. A theory that you like it to write like this too-taking time and real effort to make a good article … But what can I say … Procrastinate a lot, and it seems never to get something done.

  55. Jane

    I grew up in an Italian family all of us consumed a lot of pasta. Rising up, the nasty meals had been regarded as burgers as well as not breads and pasta. My own issue has been certainly not simply just the meals which I consumed. My own health care professional aimed out that I made commit a great deal of period on the laptop or computer at job as well as at home.My sugar seemed to be 210. My health care professional stated It should definitely end up being in a scale from 100 to 110. He after that offered myself a One Touch keep track of and I has been informed to test out every day. I disliked that I would have to prick my hands and fingers daily. I had been surprised to observe how greatly the examination tape were. I additionally experienced a horrible period the first day getting sufficient blood on those test strips.

    Chia seeds can be mixed with any drink and poured it on foods such as gala birthday cake or milk, which slows down the metabolize of carbohydrates into sugar. When I had a 5K or 5 km race, I would like to take a couple ounces of Chia seeds, I would like to be complete at the end of the race. I watched everyone involved in the bread and bananas after the race. I felt full, so were not my desire to eat even if I had not eaten any foods, before the race or sporting event.
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  56. ocep

    my father get diabetes,how to get those chia seeds? and how to eat that seed? can i eat that like corn flakes with milk?
    ocep
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  57. Amy

    Great Article, diabetes actually runs in my family, in fact my aunt died from it. I’m 25 and if I’m being honest, my diet definitely needs improvement. I’ve known for awhile that really need to regulate the way I eat. I’m going to do my best to take some of these tips and actually put them into action, especially the parts about eating whole grains.

    Thanks for the info,

    Amy
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  58. Obat Diabetes Alami

    Hopefully the cost of producing chia pets is low. so all over the world can take advantage of it. thanks

  59. Adam Schoonmaker

    This is a pretty interesting post, I had no idea that the same chia seen on commercials could not only be a food, but also help with diabetes. My mother has diabetes and I’m at a high risk of it, so we both try to eat a good amount of whole grain. I guess what we didn’t really think about is that we should also try avoiding the highly processed grains. Maybe that chia head in my kitchen is more than just an entertaining piece of pottery. Anyway, does anyone else have any good recommendations that would help prevent me developing diabetes?

    Adam Schoonmaker
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  60. Barbara Thomson

    helpful information you have here, and i specially find it useful where you mention about embracing healthy food such whole wheat, etc and cutting out refined foods… i find this very important message for everyone, having a healthy diet can also lead to healthy body.
    thank you for sharing this, Barbara

  61. olay regenerist

    thanks for the lovely article..will keep that in mind!

  62. Harold Guiterrez

    There is some scientific experience, and cinnamon to reduce blood sugar as herbal or naturopathic model, on a test my levels were 350 mg / ml.
    Thank you.
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  63. Carbon monoxide survivor

    I suffered from serious carbon monoxide poisoning some years ago and since then have had a wide range of health issues including extreme fatigue, blood sugar issues, and more. Consuming Chia seeds does seem to make a marked difference to my energy levels and ability to regulate blood sugar. Basically the injury from the poisoning has made it much harder for my body to regulate itself as it once did. Some foods (like Chia seeds) seem to help support the body with regulation.
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  64. KokoArena Discussions

    I’ve definitely cut back on eating white breads, I never wanted to give it up for the much healthier wheat. I just came to realize how I need to start taking care of my health now or I may be suffering later on in life. Your article just confirms this for me. Thanks
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  65. Rick

    Wow, I never thought that chia pets could be that helpful in helping with certain problems. I do agree with you that eating healthy in general will reap health benefits and chia health foods are natural and contain nutrients that benefit that human body. So, overall the switching from unhealthy and junk food that most people eat every day to natural foods, whether it is chia or whole grains, is what will help with health conditions. [URL removed by moderator]

  66. Wigger McGavin

    Wow. Really cool article on Chia. Those infomercials always seem to pop up during Chrismastime. I guess there is something to them.

    W. McGavin
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  67. James Smith

    Chia seeds have a lot going for them for diabetics, but also for many others. This type of study is needed to confirm what one would hypothesize from the food values that are readily available. The seeds have a favorable omega 3 to omega 6 ratio of 4.9 gm to 1.6 gm in an ounce of seeds. Saturated fat accounts for only 0.9 gm out of 8.6 gm of total fat. Only 50 of their 137 calories per ounce come from carbohydrates, despite being mostly carbohydrate, with 11 grams of fiber in an ounce of seeds. An ounce of seeds has a glycemic load of only 1. All of this would move a diabetic’s sugar in the right direction. The potassium to sodium ratio of 8.4 is favorable for blood pressure and can be found at http://www.highpotassiumfoods.org/high-potassium-foods/high-potassium-foods-table-of-values-for-nuts. A ratio better than 3 is recommended for daily intake (more than 4.7 grams potassium and less than 1.5 grams sodium), especially in diabetics since they are especially sensitive to sodium’s effect on blood pressure. The potassium and sodium recommendations from the Institute of Medicine can be found at http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2004/Dietary-Reference-Intakes-Water-Potassium-Sodium-Chloride-and-Sulfate.aspx for a verbal description or http://iom.edu/~/media/Files/Activity%20Files/Nutrition/DRIs/DRI_Electrolytes_Water.pdf for the table showing recommendations. The references were put in for these last values because they are a little more difficult to find and less often considered than the first ones listed.

  68. Andrea Hoke

    This is a good article in A Chia Pet for diabetes, but would you please describe, how do you do your study before you write the statement? Is there any reference regarding the statements?

    Thanks.
    Regards,
    Andrea Hoke
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  69. Vincent

    Very interesting article. My family has a history of diabetes which in every case can be attributed to diet. I’m encouraged to see that continued studies are ongoing however small or large when it comes to diabetes.

    PJ quick question…I have heard and seen some instances in which losing the extra pounds have helped diabetics better able to manage their illness. What are your thoughts on combining a Chia seeds based substance (whether it’s a powder, gel, etc.) with some low to moderate level of exercise for diabetics? I would think on the surface the experience in the long run would be positive.

    Best Regards,

    Lou
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  70. henrietta vanderson

    Diabetes is a condition characterized by the inability of the pancreas to produce sufficient levels of insulin to prevent hyperglycemia. There are 3 main types of diabetes, type 1,type 2 and gestational diabetes. All have similar signs, symptoms, and consequences but different causes.So this idea is really great and i hope it sticks and spreads the knowledge that we need.

  71. Dave

    Chia seeds work great for diabetics in that they slow the absorption of carbs during digestion reducing glucose surges. I eat a couple spoon fulls just before a meal and I don’t get as much of a sugar spike. Chia Seeds are the new superfood and I highly recommend giving them a try

  72. Geoff Dodd - Perth

    Very valuable information. It confirms a few things. Thank you. GD

  73. ipad 2 Cables

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  74. gifts for a businessman

    Great post Mr Skerrett – Keep up the good work.

  75. Personal trainers Manchester

    if they are indeed from the mint family, does that mean that it’s part of the original mint plant that’s was the benefits or is it just this strain?!?!

  76. Braidy

    Hi P.J. Skerrett,

    I recommend your study on Chia Seed. Till now I am trying to control my sugar intake by some natural ways. I am in India and I think it is difficult to get Chia seed here. I will try to buy online.

    In Countries like India where Chia seed is costly and dificult to get, we try natural ways to Control blood sugar level

    Thanks again Skerrett. You article is really helpful.

  77. Cindy "Hair Straighteners" Smith

    I’ve definitely cut back on eating white breads, I never wanted to give it up for the much healthier wheat. I just came to realize how I need to start taking care of my health now or I may be suffering later on in life. Your article just confirms this for me. Thanks

  78. chris

    SAGE is a global organization dedicated to inspiring Entrepreneurship and
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  79. gifts for men

    Chia seeds will be the next big thing over the next 5 years – the new superfood – I ahve them every morning with my cereal – and my kids call them dinosaur seeds – they are awesome
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  80. Wallace

    Very well written article, you just got to love the chia pet, it kind of reminds me of the pet rock. But, that’s a different story. The advice on whole grains is a gem, it benefits a whole riegn of ailments from dieabetes to acne scarring, and psoriasis,heart health, I’d better stop this could get quite long. Keep up the informative blogging.

  81. Diet, Health and Beauty

    I was looking for this for days…Thanks a lot as I finally found it.

  82. Paul Whittaker

    While diet is important when it comes to type II diabetes, which is often caused by a sedentary lifestyle and high fat diet. Exercise is also crucial in reducing cholesterol levels and maintaining proper blood sugar control.

    Paul Whittaker, Author of How To Lower LDL

  83. Jean

    I eat mostly a raw food diet and will frequently include chia seeds. I have read they are high in protein (which I feel I don’t get enough of on a strict “raw” diet) calcium, omega 3 and 6. Because they are mucilagineous, after soaking they’re not very appetizing to eat plain so I used to mix them in juice.

    Mucilagineous is the term for seeds that, when their hull comes in contact with water, it absorbs the water and turns it into a slimy gel-sac – not very appetizing. NJ’s comment is interesting – I’ll have to try that method as a substitute for fat.

    My current favorite way of eating them is sprouting. They can be sprouted alone or in a mix of whatever tiny seeds I choose for a really wonderful and especially healthy salad. Here’s a link to a blog post on sprouting chia micro-greens.

    http://onlygreenhousereviews.com/micro-greens-in-your-greenhouse/

    Interesting this post is about diabetes. I had 2 little maltese dogs who both had diabetes, among other ailments. I sprouted chia and other healthy greens for them, not knowing chia might be beneficial for diabetes. Thanks, P.J.

  84. Eric

    thanks this site was so helpful!

    Eric
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  85. Christmas Gifts

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  86. Ray

    Antioxidant rich foods can do some amazing things for your health. I try to eat as many natural foods as possible, like these seeds, fresh fruits and vegetables, and lean protein. Our society has really programmed people to not enjoy nutritious foods and it’s hurting our health as a whole.

    Ray
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  87. enery

    Thank for article

  88. NJ

    I make a chia seed gel I read about on the internet, and use it as a fat replacement in recipes. It really works! You basically mix a 9 to 1 ratio of water to chia seeds and let it sit in the fridge. It forms a nice slippery gel that can be used in place of fat for recipes. And since, let’s say you’re only using 1 tb. chia seed to 9 tb. water, the whole recipe contains 2.5 grams of fat, which is a lot less than the fat in a half cup of butter!

    my blog post about chia seed http://www.viruz.com/everything-about-black-chia-seed/

  89. Kerrick

    Cool background on everyone’s favorite novelty plant gift. Thanks. I recommend diabetics check out a therapy called the Gerson Therapy. It involves fresh squeezed vegetable juice, coffee enemas, and cutting out meat as much as possible in your diet. It’s been said to cure many many ailments including diabetes.
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    • Patrick J. Skerrett
      P.J. Skerrett

      People may “say” the Gerson therapy cures many ailments, but there’s no evidence for it. In fact, it has been shown to cause some deaths. Here’s what Stephen Barrett, M.D., founder of the excellent Quackwatch Web site, has to say about the Gerson method:

      Gerson Method
      Proponents of the Gerson diet claim that cancer can be cured only if toxins are eliminated from the body. They recommend “detoxification” with frequent coffee enemas and a low-sodium diet that includes more than a gallon a day of juices made from fruits, vegetables, and raw calf’s liver.

      In 1947, the National Cancer Institute reviewed ten cases selected by Dr. Gerson and found his report unconvincing. That same year, a committee appointed by the New York County Medical Society reviewed records of 86 patients, examined ten patients, and found no evidence that the Gerson method had value in treating cancer. An NCI analysis of Dr. Gerson’s book A Cancer Therapy: Results of Fifty Cases concluded in 1959 that most of the cases failed to meet the criteria (such as histologic verification of cancer) for proper evaluation of a cancer case. A 1992 review of the Gerson treatment rationale in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded: (a) the “poisons” Gerson claimed to be present in processed foods have never been identified, (b) frequent coffee enemas have never been shown to mobilize and remove poisons from the liver and intestines of cancer patients, (c) there is no evidence that any such poisons are related to the onset of cancer, (d) there is no evidence that a “healing” inflammatory reaction exists that can seek out and kill cancer cells.

      Between 1980 and 1986 at least 13 patients treated with Gerson therapy were admitted to San Diego area hospitals with Campylobacter fetus sepsis attributable to the liver injections. None of the patients was cancer-free, and one died of his malignancy within a week. Five were comatose due to low serum sodium levels, presumably as a result of the “no sodium” Gerson dietary regimen. As a result, Gerson personnel modified their techniques for handling raw liver products and biologicals. However, the Gerson approach still has considerable potential for harm. Deaths also have been attributed to the coffee enemas administered at the Tijuana clinic.

      Barrie R. Cassileth, a cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, concurs. Here’s a summary of her conclusion in a review article she wrote on the Gerson regimen for the journal Oncology:

      Despite proponents’ claims of recovery rates as high as 70% to 90%, case reviews by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the New York County Medical Society found no evidence of usefulness for the Gerson diet. An NCI-sponsored study of Gonzalez therapy, which is similar to the Gerson diet, showed that patients with inoperable pancreatic adenocarcinoma who underwent standard chemotherapy with gemcitabine (Gemzar) survived three times longer and had better quality of life than those who chose enzyme treatment, which included pancreatic enzymes, nutritional supplements, detoxification, and an organic diet.

  90. Chris Huntley

    I knew whole grains were good for the heart, but hadn’t seen studies showing that they’re good for diabetics as well. With 20 Million + diabetics in America, maybe Cherios should add that “helps control diabetes” to their current marketing efforts about cholesterol reduction. LOL.
    Fun article. Thanks.
    Regards,
    Chris Huntley, Author of Life Insurance for Diabetics

  91. sarah

    oh my god. I remember those infomercials. Lately i’ve been hearing about the chia seed. Apparently it is really nutritious and can increase energy levels. I heard it’s good to mix with water and make into a breakfast cereal. I have to get a chia pet now! Cha cha cha CHIA. An example of great advertising.

  92. Samantha

    Very true point regarding embracing more whole grains which is knowm to help fight heart disease but great post to highlight more awareness to this big issue and what is being done to help!