Just before I graduated from high school, I was very fortunate to receive a full college scholarship. That allowed me to go to a great university (Pennsylvania State University) and obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering.
That allowed me to get a great job as an aerospace engineer (in Los Angeles, CA); and, that led to a better job and career working for Xerox Corp. for more than 25 years in the Rochester, NY area.
During my years at Hughes Aircraft and Xerox, I had the opportunity to work with some fantastic people and some who weren't so fantastic. :-) During what I call "The DocuTech Years", I had the best job working with the best people at Xerox.
Unfortunately, I didn’t really appreciate the knowledge of engineering sciences and the skills that I had acquired from college and from my jobs.
I didn’t see how my engineering experience at Xerox and Hughes Aircraft would help me “beyond just a paycheck” to save my life and create this person that became known as "that guy who beat diabetes" or "the diabetic coma dude" or "the ex-diabetic" or the "diabetes engineer."
But, as it turned out, my experiences in aerospace engineering, diagnostics engineering, system engineering, product training, software testing, and technical writing literally saved my life. I know that may sound a little “crazy”, but please bear with me a little bit.
Back in March 2002, I almost died from a diabetic coma, with a blood glucose level that was more than 1200 points above normal.
Because of the complications from the non-ketotic hyperglycemic hyperosmolar (NKHH) coma and other complications (including hyper-triglyceridemia, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), hyperinsulinemia, etc.), the doctors told me that I should have died 3 times over.
And, even if I survive, I would lose one or both legs, go blind, and be on kidney dialysis. Needless to say, the doctors got my attention!
I was put on a drug protocol of 4 insulin shots a day, 5 mg Coumadin (for the blood clots and DVT), 10 mg Lipitor (for the high cholesterol), and a restricted low-fat diet of 1200 calories to control my diabetes.
As a Type 2 diabetic, the doctors recommended that I test my blood glucose 3-4 times a day to ensure that I was controlling my blood sugar.
Because my mother, my daughter and my sister were taking care of my household and preparing my meals, I had a lot of time on my hands. Also, my daughter had a lot of questions about diabetes that I couldn’t answer. So, we would call my primary care physician (a really nice guy in Webster). If he couldn’t answer our questions, he would suggest that we call my endocrinologist (who thought I was asking too many questions).
My endocrinologist said that my condition was unique and that they didn’t have enough medical data about my condition. So, what do engineers do when they face the unknown and lack enough data to draw any conclusions? They collect more data! So, with my daughter’s help, we began testing my blood glucose 7-8 times a day instead of the recommended 3-4 times a day. Within a month’s time, I had more data than a typical diabetic collects in 2 or 3 months.
At that time, an “accident” occurred. My mother says it wasn’t an accident. Because of my blurry vision, I had mistakenly loaded a lower dosage of insulin for the next 3-4 days of insulin shots. When my daughter discovered the mistake, we called the endocrinologist to find out what we should do. The endocrinologist told me to return to the original dosage of insulin (I was taking 60 units daily of 2 types of insulin, Humalog and Lantus).
When we got off the phone, my daughter, who was helping me with my bar charts and data collection, noticed something interesting. She said, “Dad, while you were taking the lower dosages of insulin, your blood glucose readings didn’t spike or go any higher. In fact, they went a little lower.”
I told Cynthia, “That can’t be, one of us has made a mistake here.”
She said, “Well, Dad, it’s not me – my eyesight is 20-20.”
I said, “Okay Miss Smarty Pants, let’s call the endocrinologist and ask him what this means.”
So we called him, but he said the lower readings were an anomaly. So, what do engineers do when they face an anomaly? They perform more testing and collect more data. So, that’s what I did.
To make a long story short, I was able to use the data to slowly wean myself off the insulin. Within one month, I had gone from 60 units of insulin a day to 15 units a day. Within another two weeks I was down to 0 units. My primary care physician was happy for me, but, my endocrinologist was not happy. He warned me that I was going through a “honeymoon period” and would have to return to the insulin shots within 3 months.
When I returned to the endocrinologist after 3 months, my average blood glucose level was 87.5 mg/dl (normal for a non-diabetic is 80-100 mg/dl, the average for a diabetic is 150-190 mg/dl). My hemoglobin A1C was 4.5% (normal is 4.3%-5.5%). He was shocked, but told me my readings would increase and return to the higher levels within the next 6 months. But, it’s been more than 9 years now, and my blood glucose average is 92.5 mg/dl and my hemoglobin A1C is 4.9%.
Pennsylvania State University
(List of Penn State College Engineering Courses)
During my senior year in high school, I was very fortunate to receive a full scholarship to attend the Pennsylvania State University, aka Penn State.
I attended the Shenango Valley branch campus for the first two years, and then transferred to the main campus for the last two years.
The Shenango Valley campus had a very supportive environment, with great professors, such as Dr. Halpern (Chemistry), Professor John Houlihan (Physics), and Ms. H? (Calculus).
The video (below) provides a list of many of the engineering courses that enabled me to have a successful career as an engineer, and provide the foundation that eventually played a role in helping me defeat my diabetes.
Penn State Engineering
"We Are ... Penn State!"
Mr. McCulley says he was fortunate to do well on his SATs (because of his high math aptitude). His high school was one of the first schools to teach calculus, which prepared Mr. McCulley -- especially for the first year, when some engineering students drop out or change majors because of the math.
Because of his high SATs and his parents low income, he received a full academic scholarship to attend the Pennsylvania State University! He became the first person in his family to go to college!
But, Mr. McCulley will admit that he wasn't ready to attend a university of over 25,000 students that had 3 times as many students as his hometown!
Fortunately, the university had just opened up a branch campus just 3 miles away! This helped Mr. McCulley tremendously in his transition from high school to a college environment. He states: "The professors were very helpful and so were the students. The Penn State Shenango Valley Campus was a special place at a special time in my life.
During his time at the Shenango campus, Mr. McCulley's math aptitude helped him with his calculus, chemistry, and physics classes. As a result, he received an engineering award for having the highest GPA as an engineering student. Mr. McCulley also learned how to play table tennis and played in several college tournaments. This helped Mr. McCulley better prepare for his transition to the main campus two years later.
Eta Kappa Nu (Honor Society)
Although the huge campus was somewhat intimidating, Mr. McCulley did very well, (again because of his high math aptitude) and became a member of the electrical engineering honor fraternity Eta Kappa Nu.
After graduation, he received several offers from top firms around the country.
Mr. McCulley said: "Besides my parents, I owe a lot of gratitude to the professors and students at the Penn State Shenango Valley Campus. I couldn't have graduated without their support. I was fortunate to have met so many good people."
But, there was one professor who stood out from the others. Mr. McCulley said: " I owe a lot to (Pennsylvania State University) Professor John Houlihan. He really helped me and the rest of us with understanding physics. We were all so glad that he graded on a curve. Professor Houlihan gave me a job as a lab assistant working for him in the laboratory on the Penn State Shenango Valley campus.He also helped me to get a summer job as an engineer at Westinghouse.
"Because my calculus, physics, and chemistry books were so big and heavy, I used to carry my books in a gym bag. Professor Houlihan gave me one of his old brief cases -- it was my first brief case!"
Here is Mr. McCulley talking about some of the coursework at the Pennsylvania State University that helped him:
Penn State Grad Reverses Diabetes
Needless to say, Mr. McCulley learned a lot about calculus, biochemistry, laboratory experiments, lab testing, setting up experiments properly, collecting and recording the data from the experiments, analyzing the data to draw conclusions, writing lab reports, and so much more at Penn State!
Ironically, learning how to collect and record data, analyze the data, and write reports gave Mr. McCulley the foundation to eventually use that experience to collect and record his blood glucose data, and analyze the data to improve his diabetes and overall health. And, his experience with writing detailed lab reports helped him write his first book "Death to Diabetes".
Penn State College of Medicine Diabetes Research
Pennsylvania State University continues to participate in diabetes and obesity research via various grants, projects, wellness initiatives and funding from various places such as the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and various pharmaceutical companies.
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress in 2010 to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence-based information they need to make better-informed healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to continuously seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work. More information is available at www.pcori.org.
The Penn State Clinical Research Center (CRC) is part of the Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Clinical Services and is located at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA and the Elmore Wing of the Clinical Research Center in University Park.
Oversight of the Center is provided by a Clinical Research Center Advisory Committee (CAC) and all protocols are approved by this committee before work begins. IRB (Institutional Review Board) approval is also required before work begins.
The Penn State Hershey Medical Center is involved in research for endocrinology, nephrology and diabetes.
The Penn State College of Medicine has received various funding and monetary awards, such as the Type 1 Diabetes Targeted Research Award from the National Institutes of Health.
Penn State researchers at University Park created a mathematical model to predict with more than 90 percent accuracy the blood glucose levels of individuals with type 1 diabetes up to 30 minutes in advance of imminent changes in their levels -- plenty of time to take preventative action.
The team tested the accuracy of its model using an FDA-approved UVa/Padova simulator with 30 virtual patients and five living patients with type 1 diabetes. The results appeared online this week in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology.
The National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Penn State Center for Clinical and Translational Science Institute supported this research.
Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) provides resources and services to accelerate research discoveries and disseminate to the community at large, new methods to promote health and predict, prevent and effectively treat human disease.
The CTSI is a Clinical and Translational Science Award, UL1 TR00127, from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences at the National Institutes of Health.
Author Sidebar: I'm a little disappointed that Penn State has ignored my emails and phone calls, failing to reach out to me even after I've tried to explain how they could help millions of people with diabetes.
Since the university receives or used to receive some funding from pharmaceutical companies, that could explain their ignoring me. Yet, every year, they still send me letters to donate to the university and/or alumni association! ...
FYI: Most of the major medical universities receive funding from the pharmaceutical companies. In return, the pharmaceutical companies have a strong influence of the curriculum, which focuses on pharmacology. It's no wonder why doctors know very little about nutrition!
Early Jobs as An Engineer | Westinghouse | Hughes Aircraft | Xerox Corporation
When Mr. McCulley worked as an engineer for Westinghouse, he was given a major project because the managers thought that he was a Penn State college senior instead of a sophomore. Given his knowledge of mathematics, transforms, Fourier series, algorithms, etc., he was able to lead a major project that saved lives and hundreds of thousands of dollars for the company.
They offered Mr. McCulley a full-time job, but when he told them that he was just a sophomore at Penn State, they were shocked, but very impressed.
All of that helped to lay the foundation for Mr. McCulley to work for Hughes Aircraft and Xerox Corp. in the areas of system engineering, GUI design engineering, field engineering, software development, training, graphics design, diagnostics system engineering, failure analysis, statistical analysis, field service cost analysis, knowledge-based engineering, fault trees, learning algorithms, business modeling, revenue quadrant analysis, etc.
Mr. McCulley was also very fortunate early in his engineering career that he was involved with designing complex weapon control systems for the Air Force and the government. That experience gave him the confidence that he could do any kind of work in the field of engineering.
Mr. McCulley was also a scientist, and an inventor -- he received 2 U.S. patents for his work in the areas of diagnostic engineering and failure modes & effects analysis.
Author's Note: Since Penn State is involved in diabetes research, I was hoping to receive some acknowledgement from them. But, I suspect that because they receive funding from several pharmaceutical companies, it is not in Penn State's best interest to acknowledge one of their alumni. This is unfortunate, because the university could do so much more to help save thousands if not millions of lives from the unnecessary suffering from this disease.
There’s no doubt in my mind that my Aerospace and Xerox experience in system engineering, functional documentation, diagnostics engineering and test engineering helped me to develop a structured test plan that helped me to safely wean off the insulin, despite what the doctors were saying. This Xerox experience also helped me to develop Ishikawa diagrams, flow charts and other diagrams.
But, the benefits from my Xerox experience didn’t end there. Because of my Xerox experience in developing manuals and documentation, I was able to develop a 400-page Word manuscript for my first book. If I had asked a book publisher to do this for me, it would have cost me more than $25,000 – which would have discouraged me from writing the book.
And because I spent a few years as a Xerox product trainer developing training programs, I was able to develop a corporate training program and implement that program for several small companies and organizations -- to train their employees, and also some healthcare professionals – all because of my Xerox training background.
My Early Years in Engineering
I was fortunate early in my engineering career that I was involved with designing complex weapon control systems for the Air Force and the government.
When I worked as an engineer for Westinghouse, I was given a major project because the managers thought that I was a college senior instead of a sophomore. Given my knowledge of mathematics, transforms, Fourier series, algorithms, etc., I was able to lead a major project that saved lives and hundreds of thousands of dollars for the company.
They offered me a full-time job, but when I told them I was just a sophomore, they were shocked.
But, I owe my thanks to Professor John Houlihan (Penn State), who got me the job, and also got me a job as a lab assistant working for him in the laboratory.
Needless to say, I learned a lot about biochemistry, lab testing, framing experiments properly, and so much more!
Aerospace Engineering & Xerox Engineering
All of that helped to lay the foundation for me to work in the areas of system engineering, field engineering, software development, training, graphics design, diagnostics engineering, failure analysis, statistical analysis, cost analysis, knowledge-based engineering, fault trees, learning algorithms, business modeling, revenue quadrant analysis, etc.
Because of my Xerox experience in failure modes & effects analysis (FMEA), root cause analysis (RCA), statistical analysis, Lean Six Sigma, and functional documentation, I was able to leverage different areas of medical science including biochemistry, etiology, pathology, pathogenesis, epidemiology, and patho-physiology.
This, in turn, allowed me to develop models of Type 2 diabetes at the cellular level, and use these models to teach diabetics, and even some doctors how this disease develops in the body at the cellular level.
And, once I understood how the disease develops and progresses in the body, it became easier to determine how to slow down this progression and even reverse it in some cases. The previous video shows a list of some of the engineering methodologies that I used.
When doctors ask me how I was able to develop a medical wellness protocol and a structured 6-stage recovery model for diabetics, I point out that there are many similarities between medical science and engineering science, which allowed me to design these models within the framework of medical science.
There is another area that Xerox helped me with my diabetes and my recovery. This area is more important than anything I have discussed up to this point. This is the one area that separated Xerox from so many other companies.
That area was the people. While I was going through my recovery at home, people would call or email me to encourage me to “hang in there” and “fight this to the death”. The group I worked in took the time to find a local chef to prepare healthy meals for me! This was very significant, because this local chef (The Phantom Chef) helped to reinforce the importance of eating healthy meals. She also taught me how to prepare quick meals that were still healthy. This was very important, especially when my mother, daughter, and sister had returned home.
When I returned to work, the people would stop by my office at least once in the morning and once in the afternoon to make sure I was okay, and had not lapsed into another coma. In addition, various people would stop by and share their personal stories and what they had done to control their diabetes. My Xerox manager was very supportive – he didn’t put any pressure on me when I returned. More importantly, my own managers had taken on more responsibility, allowing me time to focus on my health.
When several Xerox people learned that I had weaned off the insulin, they told me this was a monumental achievement. I had no idea of the significance of this. I had assumed that most diabetics weaned off the insulin eventually. The people at Xerox encouraged me to document what I had one, so I wrote a 1-page document and gave out copies to anyone who asked for information about my diabetes experience. Over time, because of all the questions from various Xerox people, the 1-page document grew into 5 pages, 10 pages, 25 pages, and finally 75 pages.
Once the document had grown to 75 pages, several Xerox people (along with my daughter and my mother) encouraged me to write a book about my diabetes experience. I thought they were all crazy!
Then, another one of those strange accidents occurred. My Xerox manager’s admin aide mentioned me to a friend of hers. Her friend was a member of a local diabetic support group for the American Diabetes Association (ADA). This is embarrassing to admit, but I didn’t know there was an association of diabetics! This ADA group invited me to speak, and were blown away by my story – because they had never heard of anyone recovering from a near-death diabetic coma and weaning off insulin.
The next thing I knew the ADA Director asked me to facilitate the diabetic support group, which I did for more than 2 years. When several members of the group started eating what I was eating, they told me that their blood glucose levels were the best that they had seen in years. They also encouraged me to write a book, but I didn’t want to invest that kind of time to write a book. Then, some of the members of the ADA group invited me to speak at their churches. The same thing happened – they also encouraged me to write a book.
So, I eventually relented and wrote a 400-page book about Type 2 diabetes and how I defeated this disease, titled: “Death to Diabetes”. But, I didn’t really expect that strangers would actually buy my book. However, “Death to Diabetes” is now one of the top-selling diabetes books on Amazon.com! Amazing, simply amazing …
I’ll mention one more story: Back in the early 1980s Horace Becker volunteered to speak at a manufacturing workshop that I was putting together. I thought that Horace would talk about the engineering design challenges of the first copier. But instead he used humor and focused on the people and the events that made Xerox unique and special. As a result, I took a page from Horace and instead of focusing on the technical side of diabetes, I used humor and focused on stories about people who helped me beat my diabetes. As a result, my diabetes workshops are in high demand because they’re entertaining, yet informative and educational.
There are so many stories, so many “accidents” that led me on this new journey. And, I owe a lot of it to the people of Xerox.
p.s. I also believe that the strong work ethic that I acquired from my parents, the great teachers that I had in high school, my 12 years as a math tutor volunteer for the Urban League, and the engineering knowledge that I acquired from my formal education at Pennsylvania State University and from working at Hughes Aircraft Co. were also instrumental in my recovery and new success as an author and speaker.
p.s. One of the reasons why I became an engineer was because I could just work in a laboratory, and avoid public speaking and writing – two things I feared and didn’t like doing. Ironically, today, I spend most of my time speaking publicly to various groups, and I am in the process of writing several new books, including a diabetes cookbook and a boot camp program.
p.s. In the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle news article (dated August 4, 2007) Ursula Burns said her promotion to Xerox President was a “true honor.” Well, to Ursula Burns, Ann Mulcahy, and all the people at Xerox, it was a “true honor” for me to work at Xerox for so many years with so many great people. You are truly special in more ways than you will ever realize.
The following will provide a better understanding and insight into Mr. McCulley's engineering background and how he used that background to shock the doctors and beat the odds, and become The Diabetes Engineer. Hopefully, people will appreciate the power and the gifts that engineering can bring to improving our health and the health of future generations.
During his 30+ year career in engineering with Xerox and Hughes Aircraft, Mr. McCulley had many different jobs that provided him the knowledge and insight into multiple sciences and engineering methodologies. At the time, he didn't really understand the value of what he was learning and why he didn't specialize in just one field of engineering.
He was a diagnostic engineer which taught him how to diagnose and troubleshoot complex machines and figure out why they break down. He used his troubleshooting skills to figure out why he was dying.
He was a test engineer which taught him how to test machines, define the critical tests, collect the data, package the data into line, pie and bar charts; analyze the data, and draw conclusions based on those charts and the data. He used that experience to identify the critical blood tests and improve his health, and now uses that experience to help other diabetics understand their own blood glucose data and blood test results.
He was a biochemical engineer which taught him how to understand the biology, pathology, etiology, and pathogenesis of Type 2 diabetes at the cellular level and the system level, as well as understand nutritional science far beyond what nutritionists/dietitians understand at the macro and micro levels. He has expanded this insight into biochemistry to increase his understanding of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and other systemic health issues. This also helped him to understand how the drugs really affect us, and why various blood/hormonal tests are important -- to show how the drugs are affecting us even when we feel okay.
He was a technical writer which taught him how to write and develop documentation. This helped him design and develop his first book, and is helping him develop his next series of books (a diabetes cookbook, handbook, and bootcamp program).
He was a field engineer which taught him how to answer phone calls from customers and technicians who had broken machines in their offices. My dad would ask questions and guide the technician to fix the machine. He now uses those same skills to help diabetics who call our wellness center with questions about their diabetes and their health.
He was a functional documentation ("func doc") analyst, which taught him how to draw functional diagrams, block diagram and sequencing charts to simplify complex circuits and software to explain how copiers and printers worked in order for technical service reps to troubleshoot and repair these machines in customers' offices.
He was a training analyst and a product trainer, which taught him how to design training programs and conduct training classes. He is now developing diabetes education programs, and conducting diabetes workshops that people just love.
He was a software engineer and graphic user interface (GUI) designer which taught him how to design graphics, charts, diagrams, etc. This helps him design effective PowerPoint slides and diagrams for his lectures.
He was a scientist and inventor, responsible for 2 U.S. patents, and hundreds of innovative ideas.
He was a reliability/statistics engineer which taught him how to analyze data to recognize data trends, failure modes of components and their failure rate data to predict when and why a machine would fail and break down. He used that experience to understand epidemiology and disease trends, and why our bodies break down and we become ill.
He was a financial planner for a short time, which taught him the importance of finances and how they impact us. He used that experience to evaluate the healthcare and financial impacts of diabetes.
Ironically, these jobs gave Mr. McCulley the foundation to write his first book and conduct training classes about diabetes, nutrition, cell biology, pathology, epidemiology, etc.
Later, all of this helped Mr. McCulley to write multiple books about diabetes, heart disease, cancer, nutritional science, medical sciences, pathology, juicing, autoimmune diseases, etc.
He is thinking about writing a new book about the "illusion of health" and the "insulin addiction trap". These are two critical areas that are sorely misunderstood and is driving a false sense of good health because we either feel good or we don't feel any side effects from the drugs we're taking, even the drugs we think are "good" for us -- such as insulin.
Note: Mr. McCulley's mother (a very spiritual woman) believes it was God guiding him to obtain all of this training to prepare him for this moment -- to help other diabetics and become The Diabetes Engineer.
My Best Job at Xerox
After I came out of one of the company's engineering programs in the early 1980s, I worked as a GUI design engineer, responsible for designing diagnostic software that would detect malfunctions in a complex printing system that was later to be named DocuTech.
DocuTech was successfully launched in 1990 and led to a family of many new products and inventions for the company.
This turned out to be the best job I ever had at Xerox because of the company's leadership and the freedom we had to think outside the box.
As a result, we created new products, many innovative ideas and patents, including the following patent:
Patent Title: Facilitation of the diagnosis of malfunctions and set-up of a reproduction machine
Document Number: US Patent 5202726
Issued Date: April 13, 1993
Application Number: 07/809,112
Filed: December 18, 1991
US Classification: 399/11 399/81 700/83 714/46
McCulley; DeWayne L.
Bright; C. Nelson
Peck; Lawrence E.
Cottrill; Alan B.
Basley; Jocelyn R.
Schneider; Kris A.
Morton; Frederick J.
Xerox DocuTech Service Diagnostics & Dialog Engineering Team
Here is a photo of our Xerox DocuTech Service Diagnostics & Dialog Engineering team (SDD) that was taken in 1991 -- a lot of intelligent and good people in this photo .... This group was responsible for developing diagnostic GUIs, service laptop interfaces, fault trees, diagnostic documentation and system testing for the Xerox DocuTech 135 Production Publisher (printer, scanner, processor, system).
Bottom Row (L to R): John Stein ("Elton John"), Kris Schneider., Peter Tichacek, Pat Petti, Jim Guenter, Gary Vollmar, Gary Pecor, Tim McKay, and Ken Cigna.
Middle Row: Pam Priest, Marian Kachmaryk, Barb Bauman, Kim Ciulla, DocuTech UI, Monica Watson, ?, Linda DeMay, Valerie Marotta, and George Slack.
Top Row: Denny Berman, ?, Fred Morton, Gordon Sandgren?, ?, ?, ?, ?, Ricky Branner, Roger Fields?, Joe Rouhana, ?, DeWayne McCulley, Larry Peck, and Nelson Bright.
Note: The author (DeWayne McCulley) is in the upper right corner (with the suspenders).
Diabetes Meets Engineering: The DTD 6-Stage Diabetes Wellness Model
Mr. McCulley's 6-stage wellness model is based upon using medical wellness protocols and leveraging several key engineering sciences as shown at the beginning of the video (above). This video and several other videos on YouTube also display some of his (colorful) diagrams, demonstrating his knowledge of biochemistry, epidemiology, and etiology.
The author's science-based diabetes wellness model guides a diabetic through 10 steps, 3 levels and 6 stages (as depicted in the following diagram). This wellness model is based on specific biomarkers, including blood glucose, blood pressure, homocysteine, and several other key medical biomarkers.
Also, Mr. McCulley looks at the "biology" and "biochemistry" of diabetes at the cellular level (as depicted in the following diagram).
And, he uses other areas of medical science such as etiology, pathology, and epidemiology to help "quantify" diabetes and define measurable activities and tests that help to improve the health of a diabetic throughout all 6 stages.
Mr. McCulley used his knowledge of engineering, statistics and data analysis to help him defeat the disease, but he also used this knowledge to demonstrate the cultural and financial impacts of this disease -- to increase diabetics' awareness of this disease beyond themselves.
It's not an arbitrary progression from one stage to the next -- this is where Mr. McCulley used his engineering background to design a well-structured and systematic model that could actually be implemented by the medical profession since it is based upon their own metrics!
This 6-stage diabetes wellness model provides a "roadmap" for the diabetic on his/her journey to improved health.
Author Sidebar: I do not consider my diabetes wellness strategy to be an official "cure" for Type 2 diabetes, despite all of the evidence. As an engineer, I do not believe in anecdotal data - I believe in the data from independent, qualified test labs and similar resources. A series of double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical studies need to be performed to properly validate (or discredit) my diabetes wellness program.
Hopefully, there is a company that would be interested in pursuing this endeavor for the betterment of our country and the world.
But, despite the lack of "official" evidence, several doctors have told Mr. McCulley that he is cured.
If you take a look at Mr. McCulley's 6-stage wellness model, it requires a diabetic to achieve Stage 6 with specific biomarkers and a complete repair of the defective cells that fuel Type 2 diabetes.
During Stage 5, Mr. McCulley requires a Type 2 diabetic to eat pasta, ice cream, and other high glycemic foods as part of a controlled "stress test". If their blood glucose level skyrockets and remains high especially post-meal, then, they are still diabetic and can never achieve Stage 6 and be cured.
In theory, if the body repairs the defective and inflamed cells (specifically, the insulin receptors), it can rid itself of the diabetes and achieve Stage 6. And, even if a diabetic doesn't achieve Stage 6, they are still much better off health-wise than what conventional medicine offers with its drug treatment that leads to more drugs and more side effects.
Drug treatment only addresses the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes, e.g. high blood glucose levels. Many of the drugs, including insulin, "cover up" the disease and create a false expectation that everything is fine. But Mr. McCulley contends that there is more to controlling diabetes than just controlling blood glucose levels. His program goes beyond just focusing on controlling the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes -- it gets at the actual root causes of the disease.
Note: Mr. McCulley is very careful when talking to diabetics to not set any false expectations that they can be cured. Instead he focuses on education and showing them how to improve their health in several key areas, not just their blood glucose levels.
Author Sidebar: I may be somewhat biased here, but, I believe that engineers are smarter than most other professions. :-) Engineering allows you to analyze and look at problems differently. Plus, engineering provides an array of many tools and the framework for solving complex problems -- refer to the Engineering Sciences web page for more details.
p.s. Technically, there are no complex problems. Complex problems are simply a bunch of little problems that need to be solved.
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