A Sweet Solution for Treating Diabetes Complications

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Filed Under: Blood Sugar, Diabetes Complications
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Jerome, a 53-year-old high school teacher living with diabetes, came to the Whitaker Wellness Institute a few years ago—against his doctors’ orders.

You see, Jerome was in the hospital awaiting amputation of his left leg as a result of a non-healing diabetic ulcer. When a friend told him about me and my alternative treatments for diabetes, Jerome took a chance and checked himself out of the hospital, against strongly worded medical advice.

We started Jerome on a course of EDTA chelation, an IV treatment that improves circulation. Next, we dressed his diabetic ulcer with sugar. That’s right, white table sugar, which was poured into the wound and wrapped up with an occlusive dressing. We changed the dressing regularly, applying more sugar each time, and within days there was a difference.

“I could see the sores were starting to get better and the swelling had gone down. At first the leg was almost all black. Then it started to get pinkish. It was just amazing how it continued to feel so much better,” said Jerome.  Within three weeks, Jerome’s ulcer was healed.  

Sugar has been used to dress open wounds for at least 5,000 years. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans all used honey (which works just like sugar) to treat open wounds and burns.

Today, antibiotic ointments are the treatment of choice for ulcers, cuts, scrapes, and burns. Yet honey and sugar are far superior to any antibiotic ointment ever used.  

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