An Allopathic Cure for Diabetes Soon?

I have long said that there should not be a schism between Allopathic treatment and Naturopathic treatment. We do not have to be “at odds.” I have pointed out that Allopathic treatment tends to be “heroic” in nature. They tend to take a rather sudden, and drastic approach… but many amazing results can be shown via Allopathic treatment. I don’t believe that they are always the best treatments… but they can be powerful. Now, some Allopathic research into Diabetes has turned up some amazing results… even to the researchers themselves!

Diabetes breakthrough – Toronto scientists cure disease in mice

“In a discovery that has stunned even those behind it, scientists at a Toronto hospital say they have proof the body’s nervous system helps trigger diabetes, opening the door to a potential near-cure of the disease that affects millions of Canadians. Diabetic mice became healthy virtually overnight after researchers injected a substance to counteract the effect of malfunctioning pain neurons in the pancreas. ‘I couldn’t believe it,’ said Dr. Michael Salter, a pain expert at the Hospital for Sick Children and one of the scientists. ‘Mice with diabetes suddenly didn’t have diabetes any more.’ The researchers caution they have yet to confirm their findings in people, but say they expect results from human studies within a year or so. Any treatment that may emerge to help at least some patients would likely be years away from hitting the market. But the excitement of the team from Sick Kids, whose work is being published today in the journal Cell, is almost palpable. ‘I’ve never seen anything like it,’ said Dr. Hans Michael Dosch, an immunologist at the hospital and a leader of the studies. ‘In my career, this is unique.’ Their conclusions upset conventional wisdom that Type 1 diabetes, the most serious form of the illness that typically first appears in childhood, was solely caused by auto-immune responses — the body’s immune system turning on itself. They also conclude that there are far more similarities than previously thought between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, and that nerves likely play a role in other chronic inflammatory conditions, such as asthma and Crohn’s disease. The ‘paradigm-changing’ study opens ‘a novel, exciting door to address one of the diseases with large societal impact,’ said Dr. Christian Stohler, a leading U.S. pain specialist and dean of dentistry at the University of Maryland, who has reviewed the work. ‘The treatment and diagnosis of neuropathic diseases is poised to take a dramatic leap forward because of the impressive research.'”

Now, this does not take into account many natural health professionals that claim to have “cured” diabetes with natural methods. I would not be surprised to find that these two approaches had common elements and could even be mutually beneficial. We need to work together, not against each other.

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