DeWayne McCulley was just like you, maybe worse! He reversed his diabetes, and so can you!
Below is a video where DeWayne explains how he reversed his diabetes.
Here is a video of DeWayne McCulley's story told by a narrator, who was fascinated by his miraculous recovery.
We tried to get this story on TV, but, the story was rejected because the networks were concerned about getting sued if people believed the story and started eating too many vegetables!
Later we found out that the pharmaceutical companies (who control the networks) didn't want this story to get out to the public.
DeWayne McCulley Reverse Diabetes Story.mp3
Support: Family, Friends,Work, Community, Churches, School
DeWayne believes that the support he received from family, friends, community and work helped him with his recovery.
In fact, he believes that he would not be alive today if his mother, daughter and sister had not traveled to Rochester to take care of him after he got out of the hospital.
His mother prayed for him and blessed his house and told DeWayne that he would get better, even though the doctors said that he would only get worse as time went on.
This is why DeWayne wrote a chapter in his book about the importance of emotionalsupport and spirituality.
DeWayne had never been sick a day in his life when he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Just like many of you, he was shocked to say the least. Just like you, he didn't really know what to do, so he listened attentively to his doctors. He discovered that he was lucky to be alive and to have survived a near-death diabetic coma with a blood glucose level of 1337.
DeWayne didn't know what that really meant, but he could tell from the looks on the doctors' faces (at the hospital) that a glucose level that high wasn't good.
He found out later from his daughter that his blood glucose level was more than 1200 points above normal!
Are you skeptical? (I would be!). Take a look at DeWayne's medical file (PDF file) of his 1337 blood glucose level and other health issues; or, watch a TV news video or read what DeWayne's doctor said in a newspaper article about his miraculous recovery.
Fortunately for DeWayne, his daughter (Cynthia), his mother (Ms. Minnie Talbert McCulley), and his sister (Margo) flew to Rochester to take care of him.
Also, there were these "accidents" (his mother called them "blessings") that redirected his life -- from the world of engineering to the world of health & wellness.
Despite two blood clots, high cholesterol, pneumonia, pancreatitis, and four insulin shots a day, DeWayne was able to use his engineering and biochemistry background to wean himself off the insulin, Coumadin and Lipitor -- to reverse his Type 2 diabetes.
He lowered his average glucose level to 92.5 mg/dL and his hemoglobin A1C to 4.7%, while losing 52 pounds to reverse his diabetes within 4 months.
He credits his recovery to God, his doctors and nurses, his mother, his daughter Cynthia, a set of accidents (blessings), and his undying thirst for knowledge -- despite all of the "impossible" challenges he had to overcome.
With a lot of encouragement from his daughter, his mother and people from work, the local churches, wellness industry, and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) diabetic support group he was facilitating, DeWayne developed a 10-step solution and a real reverse-diabetes diet for diabetics that worked, and wrote the book, Death to Diabetes -- The 6 Stages of Type 2 Diabetes Control & Reversal.
My Story in Cartoon-Animation Form
Here is my story told using cartoon-animation.
Author's Note 1: How I Reversed My Diabetes:
During workshops and seminars, I am always asked how I defeated or reversed my diabetes. I also receive hundreds of emails asking the same question.
Here's a summary of what I usually tell people:
I was able to reverse my diabetes and its complications primarily with family support, daily exercise, God's science, and superior nutrition, i.e. raw salads, raw juicing, green smoothies, plant oils, nuts/seeds, beans/legumes, etc.
I was fortunate because of my background in science, biochemistry, and engineering. Also, I was blessed because my mother refused to let me die.
As you are probably aware, the keys to defeating and reversing type 2 diabetes are diet, exercise, and spiritual health. This is true for most diseases.
But, I discovered that most people with diabetes were still eating the wrong foods, even when they thought they were eating healthy!
For example, most people eat oatmeal or cereal with some fruit in the morning for breakfast. This type of so-called "healthy" meal only fuels the diabetes! (Just test your blood sugar 2 hours post-meal, and you'll see that your blood sugar has spiked!)
In addition, most people with diabetes rely on drugs such as metformin (Glucophage). But, these drugs only cover up the symptoms of the disease and don't address the root causes of the disease, i .e. cellular inflammation, insulin resistance, cellular dehydration, etc.
As a result, the disease continues to rot out the body! And, eventually, all diabetics on metformin end up on insulin.
I realize that a lot of what I'm saying is controversial, so if you doubt what I'm saying or if you think this is a scam, I understand.
So, if you don't mind, please, read our web page about diabetes scams and how to recognize them.
Author's Note 2: Very Rewarding to Help Others Reverse Their Diabetes
I receive quite a bit of flack concerning my position on diabetes, food and drugs. People want to kill the messenger! I didn't create this problem! In fact, I didn't pick this profession. It picked me!
Sometimes I wish I didn't know what I know. But, it would be wrong for me to stay silent ...
I hope, in the long run, that diabetics and healthcare professionals don't misunderstand my message and ignore the truth.
The foundation of being able to authentically help diabetics is based on understanding the science and knowing the real truth about the food, the disease, the drugs, the medical industry, Big Pharma, and the food industry.
Also, being able to help others is very rewarding on so many levels.
Author's Note 3: Research Helped Understand How to Reverse Diabetes
During my research, I discovered a tremendous amount of information about reversing type 2 diabetes. I also discovered a lot of clinical studies and references from medical doctors about the benefits of various foods!
But, most of this wonderful information is buried inside of medical databases such as PubMed. Here are just a few of many clinical references about reversing diabetes and the superior foods that help.
Superior nutrition has a bigger impact on glucose tolerance and insulin resistance more so than any other wellness factor, including exercise.
As a result, I was able to design nutritional protocols that help the body successfully fight diseases/maladies such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and chronic fatigue.
Once you understand the science of disease and the science of nutrition, it's a lot easier to design wellness solutions that will actually work.
During my research and discussions with thousands of diabetics around the country, I discovered most diabetics were making the same mistakes! But, most diabetics didn't realize that they were making some of these mistakes.
The good news is that once they stopped making these mistakes, their blood glucose levels started to return to normal and many of them were able to reverse their diabetes; or, at least, stop the progression of the disease and its complications.
FYI: When I first designed the diet, I went back to the basics of cell biology because there were too many inconsistencies and conflicts with the existing diabetes programs out there.
After I designed the diet, I realized from my own experience that there was a lot more to reversing my diabetes than just a diet. So, I designed a program that took into account many of the elements of the Wellness Wheel e.g. physical, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational, financial, intellectual, social, etc.,
After I came up with the components to my program I needed to organize them into an order or structure that would make it easy to follow.
So, I created the 10 steps so that people would know what to do on a daily basis. Then, I created 6 stages so that people had an overall roadmap to track their own timeline and progress from being diabetic on meds to less meds to no meds with a normal blood glucose level and a reversal of their diabetes.
Author's Note 4: I Love Numbers!
As engineers we love numbers. We love mathematics! We love testing and running experiments. We love collecting data. And, we love analyzing that data. Because of that, my mother thought that God gave me the "perfect disease". Why?
Because diabetes requires an understanding of numbers, mathematics, testing, collecting data, and analyzing that data.
At the time, I didn't really believe my mother but, now, as I look back, she was right ...
As engineers, we love working in the lab; we love analyzing that work; and, we love drawing conclusions from that work.
Most of us engineers don't really like writing or public speaking. I definitely didn't like public speaking or doing a lot of writing.
Ironically, two of the most frequent things that I now do are public speaking and writing books.
Go figure :-) ...
You've probably heard of several doctors and other healthcare experts talking about and writing books about reversing diabetes. Maybe you've even seen some of these doctors and experts on television or in the newspaper.
In fact, many of these doctors have heard of DeWayne McCulley. But, why haven't you heard of DeWayne McCulley?
You would think that if someone almost died from diabetes and wrote a top-selling book, then, that person should have been on Oprah or at least on some TV infomercial. :-)
During the past several years, have you noticed that the number of commercials about prescription medications has steadily increased?
Did you know that the number of drug commercials has more than doubled over the past 5 years?!
Have you ever wondered why there are so many commercials about prescription drugs?
Unfortunately, many of the major TV stations now receive millions of dollars from the pharmaceutical industry. Did you know that? Well, believe it or not, the pharmaceutical industry directly and indirectly controls what you watch on television!
The average American watches 2.7 hours of television every night. During that time, you may see as many as 17 commercials about prescription drugs! -- unless you're only watching cable TV.
As a result, the number of prescriptions for medications has reached more than 3.5 billion for over 150 million Americans, with drugs for diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol being the top-sellers.
So, as you can see the pharmaceutical companies are making a tremendous amount of money, and they don't want that to stop. In fact, they want it to continue to increase each and every year -- as it has for the past 20 years! And, they don't want Americans thinking that there is a better option out there that doesn't involve their drugs.
At this time they don't really consider Mr. McCulley a threat because he's a nobody with no celebrity status. And, they want to keep it that way.
But, since Mr. McCulley is not famous, why would such an unknown be considered a possible threat to the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry that could shake up the medical and healthcare industries?
Mr. McCulley has been approached by several TV shows, but the TV producers are concerned that they could be sued by telling his story. Also, they don't believe that America is ready for his message.
Author Sidebar: "I disagree with this! I believe that people are ready!"
So, what is his message that America may not be ready to hear?
Mr. McCulley says: "My message is a message of hope -- that if you're a Type 2 diabetic, you can improve your health and reduce your medications. I cannot promise that you will definitely reverse your diabetes and completely get off all your medications, but, I can promise, that based on my experience with diabetes, you can improve your overall health, with measurable results."
So, why do the TV producers believe that America may not be ready for his message?
I think there is something else happening here. Let's take a closer look at the facts:
Mr. McCulley happens to be an engineer, who worked in Corporate America for 30 years. He overcame a diabetic coma. He had a blood glucose level over 1300, and he was taking 4 insulin shots a day. About 4 months later, his blood sugar was down to 92 and he no longer required any insulin shots.
And, all of this is documented in a medical report that happens to be available on Mr. McCulley's website -- so all of these facts are easily verifiable.
Now, just imagine this man talking to someone like Oprah or Larry King (although they're no longer on ABC or CNN). His story is credible. His story is verifiable. He's an engineer. He understands medical science. He speaks very well. He writes very well -- his book "Death to Diabetes" is now one of the top-selling diabetes in the country. Engineers are well-known for their intelligence and analytical skills for solving complex problems.
If you put that all together, you may have a story that could go viral! Imagine the headlines on CNN or another major station: Tonight at 11, we have a man who almost died from a diabetic coma, he had a blood sugar over 1300. But today this man is alive and well; and, is helping thousands of other diabetics come off their medications!
Can you imagine how a story like that could affect the pharmaceutical industry? Especially since Mr. McCulley's program helps you reduce and get off the top -selling drugs for diabetes, high blood pressure, and cholesterol.
Could it be that the pharmaceutical companies are concerned that if this man were on national television that he may connect with people in America -- people who are looking for a credible solution to their diabetes and all the drugs they're taking?
Okay, so that we now know why you haven't heard of this man, how can you help? We asked Mr. McCulley that same question, and he said: "I would like people to follow the program and gradually (and safely) wean off as many drugs as possible. Then, when they get healthy, tell a friend or a relative. If enough people get well, we'll have a grass roots movement in this country."
Unfortunately, Mr. McCulley's idea would take forever. How do we get around such a powerful group as the pharmaceutical industry? The pharmaceutical industry controls TV, radio, the newspapers, even the government! We have a David & Goliath scenario here, don't we?
Well, the pharmaceutical industry can't stop us from starting a grass roots movement that leverages the Internet and platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Google, and email. So, become a health advocate for your family, your church or your community and you'll reap many of the benefits that Mr. McCulley has received over the years.
p.s. If you don't know how to get started as a health advocate, just contact our office -- we'll help you.
Note: Read the Wegmans Grocery Store web page to learn how a local grocery store helped to save the author's life.
Why Haven't You Heard About This Engineer and His Story?
One of the questions that we were always asked by doctors: Why haven't I heard about this engineer? If he really had a blood glucose over 1300 and survived, we should have heard about it. What actually happened to him? How long did he live?
Well, here’s the story and why you haven't heard of him:
When Mr. McCulley initially recovered from his diabetic coma and weaned himself off of insulin, he was asked to speak at a local diabetic support group meeting about his recovery. Several weeks later, he was asked to speak to another diabetic support group and also at a local church.
Word spread around the community and Mr. McCulley found himself speaking at various churches, health fairs and other community events. During this time, Mr. McCulley was very careful to point out to the audiences that he was not a medical doctor and that he was fortunate to have survived a diabetic coma.
Because he was getting so many questions, Mr. McCulley created a pamphlet and a small document to hand out, hopefully to quell some the questions. When he started handing out the pamphlets, he was quick to remind people that this information was based on his experience and should not be used unless it was approved by your doctor.
Mr. McCulley did this because he did not want to mislead anyone. He also admitted that he did this because he was concerned that someone might sue him if they used his information and ended up in the hospital or, heaven forbid, someone died!
FYI: Here is a short video of Mr. McCulley discussing this concern when his daughter handed out copies of his pamphlets and documents to friends, co-workers and other people in Pittsburgh.
FYI: Here is a short video of Mr. McCulley discussing this concern when his daughter handed out copies of his pamphlets and documents to friends, co-workers and other people in Pittsburgh.
Then, after joining a diabetic support group for the American Diabetes Association (ADA), he was asked to work as a volunteer to run diabetic support group meetings and to attend health fairs to share his story and educate people about diabetes.
But, during this time, Mr. McCulley was ridiculed and attacked by doctors, reporters and other people in the community at speaking events and health fairs. They accused him of taking advantage of diabetics and other people fighting a disease. They told him that he should shut up and stop exaggerating and spreading false hope to diabetics.
In addition, some of the doctors and even some reporters told him to leave medicine to the experts and go back to engineering. In today's jargon, Mr. McCulley would be told something like "stay in your lane" or "shut up and dribble" (although Mr. McCulley admits that he can't dribble). Maybe something like "shut up and do engineering" would be more applicable. :-)
A few years later, Mr. McCulley was fired by the ADA because a couple of doctors had complained to the ADA director that some of their patients had stopped taking their diabetic medications. The doctors said that they were concerned about the health of their patients. In reality, they were concerned about the amount of money that they were losing (via kickbacks from the pharmaceutical companies) because too many patients had either stopped taking their medications or had reduced the dosage levels of the medications they were taking.
FYI: Here is a short video where Mr. McCulley talked about getting fired by the ADA.
Ironically, being fired by the ADA turned out to be a blessing. It took Mr. McCulley out of his comfort zone because he had to travel outside of his community to places where he was not known.
At the time he was fired, Mr. McCulley was in the process of marking up the ADA's diabetes book to make it more effective for diabetics. He thought this was better than writing his own book, even though his mother, daughter and several co-workers had told him to write his own book. Well, after he got he got fired, he was motivated to write his own diabetes book.
Eventually Mr. McCulley was no longer allowed to speak out about diabetes and his name was removed from the health fair contacts list, so local churches stopped calling him. As a result, he had to travel out of town to continue speaking out about diabetes and drugs. Ironically, this allowed him to spread his message of Hope beyond his own community. This led him to speak at several medical conferences and seminars, including a couple where he was video-taped.
Somehow his daughter got a hold of one of the videos and placed it on a new video website that had just started up in 2005 -- it was called YouTube. Because of this new video website, Mr. McCulley's story spread beyond his local community! Several years later, his story ended up on another new platform called Facebook. So, even though Mr. McCulley has been kept off national TV, he has been able to share his story on social media.
But, as you may be aware, many diabetics who are senior adults, were not on Facebook or other social media platforms at that time. This made it difficult to reach diabetics, which is exactly what the pharmaceutical industry wants -- to keep people in the dark about diabetes and other diseases.
Eventually, Mr. McCulley's miraculous story ended up in the local newspaper and on local TV as a human interest story. Unfortunately, the story was prevented from going on the national news -- both TV and the newspapers.
The reason given was due to the networks being concerned about people taking legal action if they were harmed or died from eating vegetables!? (Say whaaat??)
Later it was determined that the pharmaceutical industry (acting behind the scenes) didn't want the public to learn how to live without the drugs, which generates billions of dollars for the pharmaceutical industry.
As a result, unless you happened to live in the same local area as Mr. McCulley, it was unlikely that you were going to hear about his story and how to safely wean off the drugs.
FYI: Here is a video clip of his story:
Later on, a marketing company and a publicity firm told us that the pharmaceutical industry had prevented Mr. McCulley from going on network television several times for various reasons.
We were told that the pharmaceutical companies wanted to protect the public from receiving false hope because of an improbable story.
Actually, it turned out that the pharmaceutical industry didn't want the public to find out that people could live without relying on so many drugs for diabetes and other diseases.
These drugs generate billions of dollars of profits and revenue for the pharmaceutical companies and their executives, so, they wanted to protect those profits. In fact, they increased the number of commercials on TV to further increase their profits and revenues.
Consequently, as it turns out, it is financially beneficial for the pharmaceutical companies to squash stories like Mr. McCulley's. If you find this difficult to believe, just take a look at the dramatic increase in drug commercials on TV; and, look at how much money the pharmaceutical companies provide to the networks, newspapers and other media to promote their drugs and control their message while suppressing anyone else's message that goes against their pro-drug message.
Thanks to many of you, Mr. McCulley has been able to use YouTube and social media to get around the pharmaceutical companies. But, the pharmaceutical companies believe that as long as TV remains more powerful than YouTube and social media, they can control the narrative and prevent these types of stories from reaching the masses. And, the public will continue to rely on drugs instead of whole foods and herbsto treat their Type 2 diabetes and other diseases.
Why We Can't Shut Up and Go Away
For the most part, I've kept my mouth shut and stopped complaining about the ADA and these other hypocritical health organizations and pharmaceutical companies.
It appears that most people don't seem to care that these health organizations and pharmaceutical companies are taking advantage of us while they laugh all the way to the bank.
But, after I received this heartbreaking phone call last month, maybe I should continue to complain even if most people don't care.
This woman had called to ask me to help her with her mother's diabetes which had gotten worse over the years. Within three weeks, her mother was feeling better and her doctors had taken her off several medications after her blood glucose stabilized at 91 mg/dl.
This woman had called me back to thank me, but, I could tell that she was still upset about something. That's when she told me that she had been a community volunteer for the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for years.
She was upset that her mother's doctors and the people at the ADA told her to disregard my nutritional recommendations and follow the ADA's recommendations on their website and follow her doctor's drug recommendations.
When I told her about my experience with the ADA, she was shocked and asked me why I didn't mention this earlier. So, I told her that I didn't believe my complaints about the ADA would help her mother.
And, being an engineer, we tend to focus more on providing a solution than on blaming the hypocritical and money-hungry pharmaceutical companies and health organizations.
She seemed to understand, but, she said that she is so disappointed with the ADA that she is going to find some other volunteer work; and, plus, she said she is not going to donate any more money to the ADA; and, she plans to tell her family and friends to do the same thing.
Hmm-mmm ... Maybe that's what we all should do: Stop donating our money to the ADA and other similar organizations. I believe that if we start a movement to stop donating we can put some pressure on these organizations to help us instead of burying us with drugs and more drugs.
This was the first time I heard "Death to Diabetes" on the local news. It was very exciting! Unfortunately, I wasn't as prepared as I should have been when the news station called me to come down to their station for an interview 5:00am in the morning ...
Below was the first time that I was interviewed by a cardiologist about my diabetes. I was a little nervous, but, he still recommended that people should buy my book!
Below is part of a local TV interview where I was bettered prepared to answer questions about diabetes and proper nutrition.
This interview was conducted by Norma Holland, NewsAnchor & Reporter of ABC TV (13WHAM).
In the video (below) I explain that despite improving my blood glucose and hemoglobin A1C, my endocrinologist didn't believe that I would be able to remain off insulin for more than 3 to 6 months.
And, The Journey Continued ...
Despite the dramatic improvement in his blood glucose and hemoglobin A1C tests results, DeWayne's endocrinologist felt that he would eventually be back on insulin within 3 to 6 months. That was back in August of 2002 ...
Because of his miraculous recovery and the success of his wellness program, DeWayne (who grew up in Western Pennsylvania and graduated from Pennsylvania State University, B.S./E.E.) continued to receive phone calls and emails from diabetics all over the country, asking questions about their specific health needs.
One of the reasons why DeWayne wrote his book was to reduce the number of phone calls and emails. However, as the book has become one of the top-selling diabetes books, the number of phone calls and emails have continued to increase, leading DeWayne to start health coaching over the phone.
That, in turn, led DeWayne and his company Death to Diabetes, LLC to join forces with a health services company. As a national diabetes educator and health coach, DeWayne conducts Death to Diabetes® workshops and seminars, and provides professional health coaching services to various companies, organizations, families, and individuals.
DeWayne's daughter Cynthia believes that he is a cross between Chris Rock and Dr Oz, because he's able to use humor and his medical knowledge to provide an entertaining lecture about diabetes.
And, Cynthia believes that people love his message because it is inspiring and brings hope to so many people who identify with what her dad has gone through. And, because he faced all the problems that diabetics face, these diabetics identify with him, and they feel hopeful that now they can get healthier.
DeWayne, who has been featured in news articles and on radio shows in various cities, credited his success in Corporate America to strong parents, great teachers in elementary, junior and senior high school, and the blue-collar work ethic of the steel mills in Western Pennsylvania.
DeWayne states emphatically, "For some strange reason, I was blessed with great teachers who reinforced what my parents had instilled in me -- that I could do anything as long as I was willing to put in the effort and do the work. Ironically, that work ethic mentality helped me to successfully fight and beat my diabetes."
There are two documents that gave me a lot of credibility. First, writing the book told people that I knew what I was talking about.
Second, and more importantly, the newspaper article gave a lot of authenticity to my story because it was so hard for some people to believe that I survived a diabetic coma.
The third document was my personal medical report. This document proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that I had a blood glucose level of 1337. This document also contained my blood tests, proving that I had lowered my blood sugar and hemoglobin A1c to their normal ranges.
With precision, persistence and a veggie-heavy diet, a Xerox engineer from Penfield, NY finds a way to tame the disease.
A Penfield man is spreading the good news about eating green vegetables for breakfast. He believes that spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, raw juices, and wild salmon along with other lifestyle changes, saved him from the devastation of diabetes.
For more details about this story, refer to the Newspaper Story web page.
What I learned over the years as an engineer in terms of design, planning, testing, data analysis, and writing prepared me to successfully fight this disease and write the book "Death to Diabetes".
Of course, I realize that my recovery from diabetes may be an anomaly due to my engineering background and a series of “accidents” that helped me through my recovery.
But, my mother said: "Son, there are no accidents -- those things that keep happening to you are blessings from God. And, you need to share those events with other diabetics to help them defeat their disease."
Well, since I wasn't completely certain what happened to me was a series of accidents or blessings, I felt compelled to share what happened to me.
FYI: The following are some of the "accidents" or blessings that occurred, and led me to help other diabetics and eventually write the book. In addition, there were other things that I learned growing up with 7 brothers and sisters that also helped me.
I was in the intensive care ward for the first seven days of my hospital stay. There were several times that I could have died, but there were several interesting events, some of which I believe redirected my fate.
There was a lot of disagreement concerning why my blood glucose level was so high. Some of the hospital doctors were convinced that I was an alcoholic, until my doctor showed up to set the record straight. Otherwise, without my doctor’s help, I’m not sure if I would have received the proper treatment at that critical time when my life was still in the balance.
I remember the head nurse – her energy, her drive, and her commitment to keep me alive. I believe she didn’t go home that first night and was very responsible for keeping me alive during that critical time. (I sent a letter to the hospital personnel department a couple months later thanking her and the other medical staff for not giving up on me).
For some reason, one night, I couldn’t go to sleep no matter how hard I tried. Then, a nurse came in to give me some medication. But, something told me to ask her: “Why are you giving me this medication? What is it for? I haven’t been given any medication at night before now.” Then, the nurse realized that she was in the wrong room! She apologized profusely and left immediately.
As my health started to improve, one of the people from my engineering team (John Stein) stopped by to visit me in the hospital. At work, we called him “Elton John”. I believe it’s because of his hairstyle and the fact that he played the piano or guitar. Later that day, when one of the nurses asked me how I was doing, I said, “Pretty good, Elton John just stopped by to say Hi.”
The nurse said: "Really? You just talked to Elton John?"
So, because the doctors and nurses thought that I might be developing dementia, they provided almost hourly encouragement and advice during the rest of my hospital stay to improve my health. As a result, I learned so much more about diabetes, medications, how hospitals worked, etc.
During my recovery, there were several serendipitous accidents that my mother refers to as “blessings that were meant to happen.”
The first accident (or blessing) occurred when the head nurse didn’t go home when her shift ended the day I entered the intensive care ward of the hospital. She was instrumental in keeping me alive during those initial critical hours when it appeared I was not going to make it.
Another accident occurred just before I was discharged from the hospital. One of the nurses, who was a diabetes educator, gave me a ticket to a diabetes health conference being held locally. I was fortunate to be invited to this conference where I met hundreds of diabetics, health care professionals, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and medical sales people.
I met many diabetics who were without limbs, in wheelchairs, wearing coke-bottled glasses, limping, and severely overweight. This became my catalyst for change because I didn’t want to lose a limb, my eyesight or end up in a wheelchair.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention my own doctor, Dr. Samikkannu. He was very supportive and encouraged me to wean off the insulin (against the wishes of my endocrinologist). I think my doctor got into trouble for this, so I thank him for taking that risk to help me. He was the person who came up with the term "ex-diabetic".
After reviewing my blood work one day, he said "Your blood glucose and A1c are excellent! It's as if you were never diabetic! You're an ex-diabetic." (I didn't realize how important and how controversial that term would be until a about a year later).
My doctor also encouraged me to write the book. In fact, he bought several books when it was initially published. That gave me so much courage and confidence to allow me to go up against Conventional Medicine. My doctor also gave me a copy of my personal medical report and told me:
"There are people out there who won't believe your story. Show them this medical report and they'll shut up. But, DeWayne, it won't be easy. Not everyone will be happy to hear that you figured out how to get off insulin. So don't give up -- you're going to help a lot of people."
At that time, I didn't fully understand everything my doctor was telling me, but, now I understand; and, I truly appreciate his support. He was a blessing, like so many other people in my life.
When I returned to work, I met several people who were also diabetic. They were surprised to find out that I was able to reduce the amount of insulin I had been taking. Because so many people kept asking about this, I prepared a 1-page document that explained what I was eating to help reduce my blood glucose level and reduce the amount of insulin that I was taking.
This 1-page document turned into a 10-page document, then, a 75-page document, that eventually because the foundation for writing the book! (But, at that time I never dreamed that I was ever going to write a book!)
The people I worked with were very instrumental in my recovery because they picked up some of my responsibilities, preventing me from being under a lot of stress. The people in our organization pitched in and hired a local chef (called The Phantom Chef) to prepare some healthy meals for me.
Since I wasn't much of a cook and since my mother and daughter had gone back home, this was very critical to me being able to eat healthy and continue fighting my diabetes.
In fact, this chef showed me how to prepare and bake wild salmon so that it didn't dry out. Now I love baked wild salmon because it's so juicy and tasty and not dried out! :-)
Then, another one of those accidents occurred when a member of a local diabetic support group (Alfreda) asked me to come to their meeting and share my story about diabetes. Coincidentally, Alfreda had catered a picnic for the organization I worked for a couple years ago and she had heard what happened to me from a secretary who worked for one of my previous managers.
After I shared my story with the diabetic support group, I was surprised by their energy and enthusiasm for someone they had never met. Then, I was asked by the local director of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) to facilitate the diabetic support group meetings. It just happened that the person who had been facilitating the support group meetings had left for a better job opportunity a few weeks earlier.
Within a few months, the group grew from 12 people to over 250 people. As a result, I learned a lot about diabetes from diabetics who (for some reason) didn't mind sharing their personal stories with me. In addition, I had to do a lot of medical research and take some classes so that I could prepare myself for the group meetings and be able to answer all their questions. And, if I couldn't answer their question, I did even more research to find the answer.
These were key events because I met some wonderful people who shared their stories about diabetes, including their personal concerns and frustrations with fighting this disease. I was able to use this forum to help many diabetics and learn even more about diabetes. (I never thought that doing all of this would eventually turn into a business!)
Another accident occurred when one of the local churches asked the ADA director to give a presentation on diabetes but she came down sick, and asked me to do the presentation. Even though I had never done anything like this in a public forum, the presentation went very well. That led the church to form their own diabetic support group that I helped to facilitate; and, where I learned even more about diabetes.
Then, several other churches that heard about the presentation asked me to give a similar talk to their congregations. Then, one of the directors of the American Heart Association asked me to work with several of the local churches tied to their Healthy Heart Program.
As a result, I conducted several well-received diabetes seminars with a number of church denominations, including Baptist, Pentecostal, Catholic, Methodist, Seventh Day Adventist, and Christian.
And, then, I was accidentally invited to a health fair held by a local Hindu temple, where I met some wonderful doctors and other healthcare professionals, who encouraged me to write a book about my experiences. Within just a few months, I had met hundreds of new people.
During the next several months, I was invited to numerous community health fairs held by various churches. Wow! -- I didn't realize how many churches and how many different denominations they were! :-)
During that time and the following years, there were more health fairs and similar events held by the American Heart Association, the Kidney Foundation, and, of course, the American Diabetes Association.
In the meantime, I would accidentally run into some of these people at the mall, grocery store, post office, car dealership, etc. and I would end up talking about diabetes, drawing a large crowd of people almost every time I spoke!
When I told my mother how I would keep running into other diabetics, she said: "Son, God is bringing these people into your life so that you realize that you have a story that needs to be shared with others."
Every time I shared my story with an individual or a group of people, they kept asking if I were going to write a book. I kept saying "No". I felt that I was doing enough by facilitating two diabetic support groups and giving lectures almost every week. But, my mother and my daughter kept after me -- nagging me to write a book! :-)
Then, one day, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) fired me and the director who had brought me in to run their diabetic support group. I found out later that there were some complaints from doctors because some of their patients had either reduced their medications or had come off their medications by following my dietary suggestions.
Ironically, this event so angered me that it gave me the fuel and the energy to eventually write the book! :-)
Writing the book was easy! I had researched and collected so much information, it didn't take long to put together a manuscript about various diseases including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis, obesity, high blood pressure, etc. Then, I extracted the information for diabetes and its associated complications to create my "Death to Diabetes" manuscript.
But, I wasn't having any luck getting any of the big publishing houses to pick up my manuscript. So, I tried several self-publishers, but they were quite expensive and wanted too much control over my publishing rights.
Then, somehow I came across a self-publisher that was willing to allow me to keep my publishing rights and charge me only $100 to get published! I thought it was too good to be true, but, it turned out that the city of this publisher was next to the town where my mother was born (near Charleston, SC. My mother told me that this was a sign (she called it a "God thing") and that I should go with this publisher -- even though they weren't doing that well business-wise. And, so I did. And, my book was published in October 2005 by the Booksurge Publishing Company.
Then, several months later, this publisher was acquired by Amazon.com! And, the next thing I knew, my book sales just took off!!
Since Amazon.com was paying me a nice royalty, I never considered selling my own book. It was easier just to tell people to go to Amazon.com to get the book. But, when I tried to make some changes to my manuscript, the costs were more than what I had paid to originally get the book published! In addition, the cost for printing extra copies of my book and shipping them to me was quite expensive.
As luck would have it, the graphics designer (Kat Lanza), who I had met by accident and had designed my book cover, told me about a an ex-Xerox employee (Rich Selby) who had his own print shop. We hit it off right away and he gave me a great deal on printing my book.
In the meantime, I was spending a lot of time answering hundreds of emails from people around the country about diabetes and nutrition. My daughter suggested that I get a website and put the information on the website, instead of sending out individual emails.
So, I hired a web designer to design my website, but, it was taking too much of my time trying to explain to the web designer what I wanted. Then, my daughter suggested that I design the website myself since I had the engineering background.
I resisted at first, but, eventually gave in, and, designed my own website in 2008. I started with 5 web pages, thinking that would be more than enough. Boy, was I clueless! :-)
p.s. The website grew to more than 370 pages!
Later that year, I added an online store, so that I could update my book and sell the new version myself instead of paying Amazon to do the updates.
At that time, I thought that having an online store was an overkill for one product -- my paperback book.
But, as I was to discover later, I was going to have to write several additional books because many diabetics wanted more information that I couldn't fit into the book without adding more pages.
And, just when I thought the "accidents" had stopped, at a local health fair, I met a wellness consultant, who invited me to a meeting of other (Nikken) wellness consultants. These (kind) wellness consultants (from multilevel marketing companies) welcomed me and encouraged me to share my story.
They even invited me to speak as a keynote speaker at a couple of their events. I never really considered myself much of a public speaker, but these people were so supportive. Plus, they even laughed at some of my stories about my mother, my daughter and the doctors.
Along with my mother and my daughter, these kind strangers encouraged me to continue sharing my story and to seriously think about writing a book, which I eventually did.
That eventually led me to begin thinking about what I was doing as a legitimate business, which led me to eventually build a website and begin speaking to various groups beyond my local community and the wellness group.
This eventually led me to speak at to a diabetes-cancer group and at a medical conference, where I was video-recorded, and ended up on YouTube.
And, all of sudden, I was getting phone calls, emails, letters, etc. from people around the country; and, then, eventually, from people around the world!
p.s. My mother told me that God trained me as an engineer and technical trainer so that I would be able to step into this new role and help other diabetics. Now, we're even helping other healthcare professionals to grow their businesses and revenues.
There is no doubt in my mind that I have been truly blessed to be able to do what I do. I just hope that enough people find out so that they too can defeat their diabetes and help other people around the world ...
When I was sick and dying in the hospital, I prayed every day and every night, hoping that I would live and keep both my legs. I can't prove that praying worked, but, it did give me a sense of peace. Having the belief that there is a power greater than us can be calming and therapeutic when we're facing life or death.
So, where did this belief come from? Well, when we were growing up, we had to go to church with our mother every Sunday -- first, we had to go to Sunday School (2 hours); and, then, stay for the church service (2-3 hours). For several years, I was the church announcer, even though I was afraid of talking to large groups of people. In addition, to Sunday, we also had to go to Bible Study on Wednesdays. And, if it was Easter, Christmas, Mother's Day, or some other holiday, we had to go to church on Saturdays to practice for the programs on Sunday. Sometimes, we also had to visit other churches, usually on Sunday evenings.
Actually, we didn't have to go to church if we didn't want to go. We could stay home and work with our father on his garden or his grandmother's farm or uncle's farm. Well, it was a lot easier to go to church than to work on the farm! So, most of us opted to go to church. Smile
When I visited my endocrinologist and other doctors, they would remind me that I should be dead -- that it was impossible for me to have recovered so quickly. They told me it would be impossible for me to remain off insulin. When I mentioned to my mother that the doctors keep telling me that everything is impossible, my mother said: "With people it's impossible, but with God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26
During one of our workshops, a couple of people asked me why I worked so hard. I thought about it and said: "My strong work ethic comes from growing up in a household with 7 brothers and sisters where our parents give us all house chores, including washing dishes, scrubbing floors, cleaning up the back yard, mowing the lawn, and planting vegetables in my father's garden and our uncle's farm.
My strong work ethic also comes from my father, who had 3 jobs -- he worked in the steel mill for years; plus, he worked as a painter and he hung wallpaper. He was also a gambler, a bootlegger, and a loan shark.
My strong work ethic also comes from my mother who took care of us at home; plus, she worked as a seamstress and house caretaker; and, later on, she became a well-respected and top sales person for a local men's clothing store. And then, to top it off, my mother became the manager of that men's clothing store!
All of us had to help our mother with cleaning the house, washing clothes, making & changing our beds, etc. I remember my mother making us scrub the floors with ammonia and bleach! Smile Also, my father made us keep the basement, toilets, plumbing, and outside of the house neat and clean also.
During the winter months, my mother gave us cod liver oil and, sometimes, castor oil (yuc!) If my mother thought one of us looked like we might get the sniffles, she would have my father prepare a mix of garlic, onion juice and black hot peppers with a little honey or rock candy, with a touch of hard whiskey. The following morning the sniffles would be gone!
As a result, we never got sick or missed any school! When the flu was going around, we never got the flu.
My mother worked 2 jobs and my father worked 3 jobs, but we couldn't afford to buy food from the grocery store. My father had a garden and his uncle had a big farm, which we had to help take care, so most of the food we ate was lots of vegetables, soups, and chilis, etc. At that time, I didn't realize that we were eating superior food!
One of my brothers also worked in the steel mill, plus I had at least a couple uncles who worked in the steel mill. During my college years, I also spent one summer working in a steel mill. Wow -- that was hard work!
Once you've worked in a steel mill, any other job is a piece of cake. Once you've worked in a steel mill, you are so much more appreciative of having a desk job where you get to sit in an air-conditioned office. Smile
My father worked multiple jobs in the steel mill and as a house painter and wallpaper-hanger. My father expected us to do well at our (one) job -- going to school. My father expected us to bring home A's and B's; and, if you didn't, you usually paid for it with a warm, sore bottom. Smile I quickly learned that it was easier to get As in school than have to deal with the wrath of my father. Smile
Growing up, I didn't care much for my father's strictness, but it helped me to deal with life's inequities, biases, and "isms", and learn how to excel despite the odds.
My father didn't believe in hand-outs. We had to mow neighbors' lawns, shovel snow, work the farm, and paint houses to earn money.
My father taught my brothers and I how to do mathematics in our head. For example, he would ask one of us to multiple 2 numbers, or convert a fraction to decimal, or take a percentage of a number. After years of this, by the time I got to junior high school, math came pretty easy to me.
As a result, I took algebra, geometry, trigonometry, physics, chemistry, and calculus in junior and senior high school -- preparing me for the SATs, and enabling me to get a fully-paid scholarship to Penn State. Also, because of my strong math aptitude, I did very well in engineering school and became a member of Eta Kappa Nu, the Electrical Engineering Honor Fraternity at Penn State.
Ironically, it was my strong math aptitude that helped me deal with collecting and analyzing the blood glucose data, and using the data to not only control my diabetes, but to use the data to help reverse the disease!
I was also a pretty good artist. I had an uncle (Uncle Claude) who taught me how to draw freehand. My art teacher in junior high school said I had real talent. In fact, the art teacher picked me along with several other kids to draw and paint a huge mural painting that was put on the big wall of the cafeteria.
Growing up, my parents taught us that we had to respect 5 people in the community: the preacher, the teacher, the doctor, the police officer, and the librarian. Originally, I wanted to be a doctor, but I was afraid of blood. Then, I wanted to be a teacher, but, I was afraid of public speaking.
Because I was so good at math, my teachers told me that I should become an engineer. I didn't really know what an engineer did, but, it turned out to be a great choice for me. Originally, my guidance counselor thought that I should go into agriculture, but, my father convinced him that a career that had something to do with mathematics would be better for me. I find it so interesting how different people came into my life and helped to guide me on my journey.
I was very fortunate to be able to go to college. Although I had done well on my SATs, my parents couldn't afford to send me to college.
But, somehow, 3 months before graduation, I received a full academic scholarship to attend Pennsylvania State University! The only stipulation was that I had to maintain a "3.0" or "B" average in order to keep my scholarship. But, since I had mostly A's in high school, I didn't see that being much of a problem.
However, I must admit that going to a college where there were more people in the dormitory area (East Halls) than in my hometown was very intimidating. Also, since we didn't have a car, I didn't have a way to get to the main campus which was more than 800 miles away -- it might as well have been a thousand miles.
But, as luck would have it, the university had just set up a branch campus that was only 4 miles away! Now, I could walk to college!
Also, by going to the smaller branch campus, it was not as intimidating and was a lot more comfortable for me, academically and socially. As a result, I did very well and received the Engineering Academic Award for having the highest GPA among the engineers.
After two years, I had to transfer to the main campus where I spent the next two years obtaining my degree in electrical engineering.
Because of my excellent GPA, being a member of the Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society and having worked in the Physics Lab for the university, I received a lot of excellent job offers.
That led me to my first job in aerospace/aeronautical engineering with Hughes Aircraft in Los Angeles, CA.
When a co-worker received a great job offer to leave California and go to Rochester, NY to work at Xerox (via a "head hunter" agency), he convinced me to do the same.
I didn't really want to leave California, but, the job offer was too good to turn down. So, I left Hughes Aircraft and started working for the Xerox Corporation for the next 25+ years!
As an engineer, I learned a lot about systems, software, diagnostics, testing, root cause analysis, etc. I also learned a lot about computers, MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.
But, I never dreamed that this knowledge would help me with my diabetes! And, I definitely never expected that my knowledge in Corporate America would help me write my book and start my own business! And, now, even help me with providing corporate training and with running diabetes classes, workshops and online classes!
None of this would have been possible if it weren't for my life with Penn State, Hughes Aircraft and Xerox Corporation.
During my college days, I helped a lot of the rich kids with their calculus. They were shocked (but thankful) that I knew more than they did about calculus. By helping them, it actually made me smarter and enabled me to get all A's in my math classes!
During the early part of my career in aerospace/aeronautical engineering, I helped some of my engineering technician friends with their classes in algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. After each of them improved their math grades, they encouraged me to become a volunteer math tutor for the Urban League and one of the local high schools.
When I started as a volunteer math tutor with the Urban League, the program didn't have enough math tutors, so I volunteered to tutor more than 1 student. Within a year, I was tutoring up to 16 students. Al the parents were pleasantly surprised how well their children were doing with math. Ironically, that experience is helping me today with our diabetes training programs.
After my diabetic recovery, I eventually became a volunteer for the American Diabetes Association (ADA). I was a diabetic support group meeting facilitator, responsible for setting up and running support group meetings every 2 weeks at a local hospital. About a year later, I became a diabetic support group meeting facilitator for one of the local churches, a 7th Day Adventist church.
Ironically, all of this volunteer work has prepared me to do the work that I am now doing to help diabetics and other healthcare providers.
Concerning the running of diabetes workshops and writing books, I don't really consider this work especially given how hard I had to work for my father. :-)
Writing books came easy to me after I wrote my first book. Figuring out what to write was easy also because all I did was listen to the people in the community.
As a result, I wrote a cookbook, juicing book and detox book because diabetics wanted more specific information about those topics. Although these topics are discussed in my book, there's only so much information that you can put into a 400-page book.
And, because my international customers didn't want to pay the international shipping charges, I created PDF ebooks so that they could download my books without having to pay the shipping charges.
In addition, because so many diabetics had eyesight problems, I created an "audio book" so that they can download the MP3 audio files for each chapter of my book.
Now, as I look back, I have the only diabetes book in the entire world that comes in multiple forms: paperback, spiral-bound, PDF/ebook, audio, and PowerPoint.
Speaking about diabetes and running diabetes workshops came easy to me even though I don't consider myself a good speaker. I believe that my story and the topic of diabetes created a lot of interest from a lot of people.
I really enjoy being able to help people who are suffering unnecessarily -- and writing and talking are two of the best ways to do that.
It's very rewarding when you are able to pay it forward and help someone improve their health or financial condition, based on your own experience.
All thanks to my mother, my father, and, of course, God ...
When I first published my book back in 2005, social media hadn't taken off yet.
I got involved initially with social media via YouTube when my daughter convinced me to put a video of me talking about diabetes onto the YouTube website.
At the time (around 2006), YouTube was just starting out and it was primarily being used as a website where people would record pranks and jokes and place them on the website.
For that reason, I didn't want to place any of my videos on YouTube because I wanted to be taken seriously. I didn't want people to perceive me as some kind of prankster.
As it turned out, my daughter was right -- putting the videos on YouTube helped people to find out about my miraculous recovery from the diabetic coma.
A few years later, my daughter and a diabetic client convinced me to join Facebook and set up a business page and a support group.
Because of these social media platforms, I have been able to meet thousands of diabetics from around the world.
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Because of so many requests across the country (and now outside the country), it became very difficult if not impossible to meet commitments because of the extensive travel and logistic issues.
It was difficult trying to explain why I couldn't keep meeting these demands due to the time commitments and the hassles associated with traveling.
I quickly realized that I needed to find a more effective way to conduct workshops and training classes.
Lucky for me, I had already created an extensive set of PowerPoint slides for various types of presentations, lectures, workshops, seminars, classes, etc.
So, I created MP3 audio files for each of the hundreds of PowerPoint slides. As a result, I was able to design a training program that didn't require my physical attendance in a particular city.
Now, people are able to download my training program and learn whatever they need or want -- to reverse their diabetes or to train their own diabetic clients.
Technology is a beautiful thing if you know how to use it. :-)
Did You Know That?: The "Death to Diabetes" book has become one of the top-selling diabetes books in the country while helping thousands of diabetics reverse their diabetes or, at least, get it under control.
"Death to Diabetes" has recently been rated as one of the top-rated medical books and top-rated health books in the country, by several medical groups and health groups! The book is now being sold internationally in countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, South Africa, India, China, Australia, and Brazil.
If you want to understand the science behind DeWayne's book and his wellness program, read this web page about the medical sciences and engineering sciences that he used to design his program.
This book (now one of the top-selling diabetes books) explains his experience with diabetes, the real root causes of diabetes, and the pathogenesis of the disease.
The book also explains how to reverse Type 2 diabetes and its complications -- by avoiding the 5 "dead" foods, eating the 5 "live" super foods, taking the 5 critical wholefood nutritional supplements; following the Death to Diabetes® Six (6) Stage Medical Wellness Model and the DTD reverse diabetes diet); and, utilizing the 7 wellness factors, including consistent exercise, blood glucose testing/analysis, stress reduction, and spiritual health.
The author's hope is that his book and his wellness training programs will inspire you the way he was inspired -- by people he never would have met if it weren't for his experience with diabetes.
FYI: Mr. McCulley admits that it was very intimidating when he realized everything that he would have to do to manage his diabetes. Trying to navigate through the various activities every day was very intimidating and confusing at times.
There was a lot to remember: from pricking his finger 6-8 times a day, to recording the blood glucose readings, analyzing the readings, injecting himself with insulin 4 times a day, taking other medications (i.e. Coumadin, Lipitor), planning meals, preparing the meals, shopping for groceries, making doctor appointments, recordkeeping, and finding time to exercise.
Mr. McCulley was surprised to discover that there was no structured, systematic step-by-step process that would guide him through managing his diabetes on a daily basis.
As a result, once he got well and decided to write the book, he decided to develop a structured step-by-step process and a set of charts and templates so that other diabetics would not be as overwhelmed as he was.
This led him to develop the 6-stage model and the 10-step process. The 6-stage model provides an overall guide of what to do on a monthly basis. The 10-step model provides a guide of what to do on a daily basis.
Later on, he developed several meal planning diagrams, charts and journal templates that would make it easier for diabetics to track their daily activities and monthly progress.
If this engineer, who almost died from a diabetic coma, can beat this disease, so can you!
Just try his meal plan or get his book to get started -- the sooner, the better. If you have any doubts, just listen to him speak on YouTube or read some of his testimonials on Amazon.
The key thing is to stop procrastinating and stop living in denial or believing that the drugs are actually going to help you -- they won't.
In fact, if you've been diabetic more than 5 years, you are probably taking more drugs today than you were 5 years ago. Right? So, do you still believe the drugs are working?
And, don't forget: This is the only diabetes book that you can purchase and actually get to talk to the author directly!
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