Author's Perspective: When I was diabetic, I spent a lot of time researching on the Internet, where I came across hundreds of diabetes books that claimed that they could reverse and cure my diabetes.
During my community talks and lectures, a lot of people kept asking me to write a book about my experience with diabetes and how I got off insulin. Many of the audience members complained that the books that they had bought didn't help them with their diabetes.
Some of them said that the information they got from my lectures was more helpful than anything that they had read or heard from their doctors, dietitians or diabetes educators.
So, I put together a list of questions that they should use before buying a book because there were a lot of diabetes scams on the Internet. I told them that these scams were strictly designed to take their money and disappear, So, I put together a list of things to look out so that they could recognize a diabetes scam or a health-related scam.
I also provided a list of criteria or attributes (see below) that they should be looking for before they purchased a book, ebook or some other diabetes product.
p.s. After several months, many of the audience members told me that although they appreciated me explaining how to recognize a scam, they felt that it would be a lot more productive if I diverted my time to write a book.
So, after a couple years of talks, lectures and other community events, I finally gave in and wrote the book. When I showed up for my first lecture after I had written and published my book (Death to Diabetes), I totally under-estimated how many of the audience members would actually buy my book!
When I ran out of books within the first 45 minutes, everyone (who was still in line waiting to buy my book) expressed extreme disappointment because they knew that I wouldn't be back for a month or so.
Luckily, my home wasn't that far away, so I drove home and return with a lot more books. Even then, I still almost ran out of books again because some of the audience members purchased multiple books!
Anyhow, below is the list of criteria that I had originally put together.
What to Look For in an Effective Reverse Diabetes Book/Program
Whether you purchase my book/program or another book/program, you should use the following criteria to determine which book/program is right for you to purchase.
The key here is to select the attributes that are important to you; then, find the diabetes book/program that has those attributes.
The key factors or attributes of an effective diabetes book/program should include at least 10 of the following attributes:
- Easy to follow
- Easy to stick with
Make sure the program is flexible and provides many options. Since there is no one-size-fits-all diabetes program, it is imperative that you can modify the program to support your health needs.
For example, if you travel a lot, you need a program that addresses how you eat healthy when you're on the road.
In addition, look to see if there is a diverse set of products, such as a paperback book, ebook, CD, DVD, MP3 download, etc. Why? Because everyone learns differently, plus, not everyone loves to read.
Make sure that the program actually explains how it will reverse your diabetes. Telling you that they will reverse your diabetes with diet and exercise is not enough!
Look for a program that will, first, explain how they plan to control the disease; then, stop the progression of the disease, and, finally, reverse the progression of the disease.
You can't go from being diabetic to reversing your diabetes in one big jump!
Make sure the program is comprehensive and addresses more than just the diabetes. Some programs, and especially some books, explain how to manage and reverse your diabetes, but, they fail to address some of the complications of diabetes such as heart disease, retinopathy and chronic inflammation.
Also, ensure that the program provides multiple alternative therapies, e.g. nutrition, juicing, detox, exercise, supplementation,spirituality, drug weaning, etc.
You should make sure that the program supports the four pillars of healing in Alternative Medicine, namely:
- Nutrition/Dietary/Lifestyle: Nutrition, habits, and the daily pattern of rest and exercise.
- Environment: Protection from chemical and biological toxins.
- Detoxification: The body’s ability to self-purify and protect itself from internal toxicity.
- Interpersonal Relationships: The social support network: family, friends, involvement in community, and a strong-patient alliance.
In addition, make sure that the program encompasses all of the following eight elements of the Wellness Wheel (see diagram below):
Some diabetes programs are very complex and requires you to perform activities that are either difficult or don't make sense. Or, you spend a lot of time counting carbs, calories and/or using a point system to keep track of what you're eating.
Find a program that is simple and easy to implement and does not require a lot of extra work and book keeping.
Make sure that the diabetes program has a built-in structure so that you don't have to do all the work in figuring out what you need to do each day. Look for diabetes management, meal planning and other types of tracking charts to make it easier for you to track your daily progress.
Also, look for a program that has multiple levels of severity to support different health needs. For example, if you were just diagnosed with diabetes, you may not need to follow as strict a regimen as someone who has been diabetic for 20 years and has diabetic complications.
Easy to Follow
All diabetes programs should be easy to follow. There should not be any complicated procedures that you need to adhere to in order to follow the program.
Make sure that the program clearly identifies what to do and what not to do. There should be no confusion concerning what activities to perform on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis.
Easy to Stick With
Make sure that you can stick with the program for more than a few months. If you can't stick with the program in the long term, then, it's a waste of time to even start with the program.
All successful programs usually support diabetics by providing a book that explains the program in detail. If so, go to Amazon.com and read the book reviews to see if this program is for you. If there is no book or some kind of documentation, then, look for another program.
Some programs provide online support, but, most programs do not. Once they get you to buy their book, they really don't want to be bothered answering your questions.
Look for a toll-free number and call before you make any purchase. Be prepared to ask tough questions to see how they respond. That will be a good indicator of the quality of their program and book.
Many diabetes programs claim that they have the solution and try to convince you to buy their book, ebook or DVD. But, they don't really explain their solution -- you have to buy the book first.
Once you buy the book, you quickly realize that the book can't really help you. So, you try to get a refund, but find out that you can't get in touch with them.
Look for programs that are visible on the Internet and are easy to contact, both by phone and by their website. Also, check to see if the program or book is on Facebook. If so, read some of the posts to see how other diabetics like or dislike the program/book.
Check to see if the program is science-based. If you're not a scientist or engineer, this may be a little difficult to accomplish.
Some of the programs use the right words, but there is very little substance behind their words.
Other program use junk science or pseudo science -- it sounds good and it looks good, but ...
Make sure that the program is not expensive, especially if finances are a concern for you.
Make sure that the program shows you how to follow the program and stay within your budget.
Of course, the ultimate attribute is whether the program is effective and actually works! But, this may be difficult to do unless you can try the program for a month or so to see if it will work.
So, look for a program that allows you to try the program first before you have to make any purchase.
Most diabetes programs provide a litany of testimonials on their website. Unfortunately, many of the testimonials are fake people. Instead go to a website like Amazon or Goodreads to see what people are saying. Also, visit their Facebook and Google+ Page, if they have one. The more testimonials that you find in different places, usually the better.
Accessibility to the Author/Staff
Make sure that you can reach the author and the staff before you make a purchase. First, look for a toll-free number and give them a call to ask some questions. See if they really know anything about diabetes that has value to you. If they focus too much on a sales pitch instead of answering your questions, then, run the other way! :-) Also, if the toll-free number is not visible on their home page, be careful.
In addition, fill out the Contact Us form with a couple questions to (1) see how long it takes for them to respond; and, (2) see if they answer your questions to your satisfaction.
Here are a few key question to always ask:
- "How can I try your program before I buy the book?"
- "What about your program is specifically going to help me with my diabetes?"
- "What type of support do you provide to your customers?"
- "Will I be able to talk to the author?"
- "What makes your program better than the others?"
If they stumble with their answers or they don't know the answers or they say that they have to get back to you, be careful.
Hopefully, by now, you have enough information to make a decision that is comfortable for you. If not, continue to do your research until you find something that does make you feel comfortable.
Good luck on your search for wellness and a better life ...
Note: If you want to understand which of these attributes are supported by the our program, then, go to our DTD Wellness Program web page and read the detailed program description. Then, go our DTD Book Description web page to read about the contents of the book.
Note: Refer to the Western Medicine vs. Alternative Medicine web page for more details about alternative medicine.
Author Sidebar: One of my regrets when I was selling my book at various local talks, lectures and community events, I didn't bother to collect names, emails and phone numbers. This is a little embarrassing to admit, but at the time, I wasn't really thinking outside my community. I didn't really expect or foresee that other people outside my state and my country would be buying my book! As a result, there are hundreds, probably thousands by now, of people that I wish I could reach out to and thank for their support and encouragement.
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