HOW I DEFEATED DIABETES
by Karen Hopkins
Diabetics have several strikes against them causing a severe mental
block to defeat diabetes. First we have a society that has accepted the fact
that high blood sugar is a disease that affects someone else. There are 21
million diabetics in America and an estimated 20 million are pre-diabetic.
The American Diabetic Association has stated by the year 2020 65% of all
Americans will be diabetics. I think that it could be sooner.
Second the diet that leads us down the path of diabetes started in
our mother’s womb, especially if we were formula fed and she ate the current
popular processed and fast foods that prevails in America. It is several
years of abusing our bodies with anti-food before we even have a clue that
there is a problem.
When a person first learns that he or she is a diabetic, they are
usually sent to a Diabetic Nutrition Counselor who teaches them how to eat
the Standard American Diet and live with 30 or so grams of sugar daily. They
are told that diabetes can be controlled with the diet if they stay within
the guidelines set by the American Diabetic Association. Although sugar
seems to be the problem, that is why it was first called sugar diabetes,
there is usually no education about the different kinds of sugars in food
and in the man-made chemicals used as sweeteners and their effects on body
Third, most newly diagnosed diabetics are told that there is no cure
for diabetes and that they will be on medications for the rest of their
life. The implication is that diet and exercise is not enough. Even though
scientific research can not really explain why the insulin key is not
working correctly, they believe that pharmaceutical companies have
discovered the answer to high blood sugar. Make chemicals that force the
pancreas to produce more insulin thus forcing the cells to open the door
with the insulin key. This gives the diabetic the illusion of cure, while
the side effects of synthetic foreign chemicals floating around the body
systems cause other problems like weight gain, high blood pressure, eye
sight problems, gum disease, neuropathy, and many other things too numerous
to write about.
The fourth strike, and probably the most deadly, are the facts that
they have gained through the present day medical teaching for diabetes. Most
newly diagnosed diabetics walk away believing that they can take care of
this health issue with medications and still continue doing what they did
that led them to where they are. Even if they were told how serious this
disease is, they probably barely listened because the first stage of any
disease is denial.
I know. That is what I did.
Until I got serious about finding a cure to diabetes, I was on the
path to death. I could take my blood sugar (which I rarely did) and get a
200+ reading and still go to an ice cream store with my family and eat a
double dip ice cream with hot fudge and nuts convincing myself I would deal
with the inconvenience tomorrow. Actually, even a near death stay in the
hospital didn’t motivate me to investigate alternative medical solutions. It
was only the pain and threat of losing my feet that caused me to start
looking for something that would help. At this time, I had been ignoring or
half-way dealing with diabetes for 8 years. I heard about various
nutritional drinks that seemed to be helping diabetics with neuropathy. I
did not want to lose my feet and become dependent on someone else for care
at the young age of 52. A couple of the nutritional drinks that I tried
tasted terrible and even after 6 weeks of drinking the stuff I couldn’t tell
a difference. I still couldn’t walk around the block or wear tennis shoes
without severe pain.
Then a neighbor across the street had a heart attack and died at 52.
He was a diabetic that thought he was handling diabetes with his diet. His
wife told me that he didn’t take his medication. I was off mine at the
time. Then another neighbor died of a stroke at 69. Her husband told me that
she was a diabetic. I thought about getting serious and finding a new doctor
since I had moved to a new city 3 years earlier, but I was still too busy to
In April, 2006, my daughter-in-law who was testing her blood sugar
because she had gestational diabetes asked me what my blood sugar was. Of
course, I thought it was okay because I wasn’t having the diabetic symptoms
like going to the bathroom a lot. It tested at 285 mg/dl and the next night
it was 315. Once again, I was in trouble. I went to a clinic to get some
medications. I found out that my body had adjusted my normal blood sugar to
be around 200-225 mg/dl and that is why I wasn’t having the common high
blood sugar symptoms. That kind of blood circulating around your body causes
extreme damage and is a slow death.
After five months of diligently taking medications, I could not get
it under 200. The last 3 doctors from the Emergency Room and clinics in Houston and Bartlesville told me that I should be on insulin and on blood
pressure medication since it was around 190/110. I refused to take any extra
medications and began to seriously consider alternative medicine.
This is where Young Living came into my life. My daughter gave me a
small 1 ounce package of Ningxia Red that I shared with my husband. After
traveling 500 miles without pain and swelling in my ankles, I was shocked.
I bought the Ningxia Red Starter Kit and began a new chapter in my
The first week:
1 ounce of Ningxia Red daily first thing in the morning.
Alkalime according to directions morning and evening testing pH level.
2 drops of lemon essential oil in my water for my pH level that was very
acidic at the time.
Blood sugar dropped 20 points. From 225+ to 200mg/dl
The second week:
Increased NR to 2 ounces daily.
I started walking 1 to 2 miles daily.
I used a couple of drops each of Wintergreen, Cypress, and PanAway on my
knees neet (undiluted) for pain from a former injury.
Continued using Alkalime and lemon essential oil daily.
Blood sugar dropped another 20 points to 180 mg/dl.
September 4, 2006: I quit taking all medications:
I found out that the first diabetic medication’s side effect that I
was taking was weight gain. I weighed around 270lbs when I started using
Young Living products. The second prescription was an experimental drug that
caused liver damage. The third medication I was taking caused high acid pH
levels in the body. It seemed like I was wasting my money on Young Living
products trying to lower the pH level of my body while taking medication
that was raising it. Since my blood sugar levels were lowering, I decided to
quit and use the oils I had been reading about at www.oil-testimonials.com.
2-3 drops each of Coriander, Clove, and Cinnamon Bark oils 3 times
daily in a vegetable capsule.
After a couple of weeks I added Fennel, Dill and Thieves.
I increased Ningxia Red to 2 ounces in the morning and 2 ounces
3 Essentialzyme with each meal.
After each meal I dropped 2 drops of Cinnamon Bark on my tongue.
During this month, I changed my diet drastically. I stopped all fast
food and process food eating. Since taking the Ningxia Red daily, my sugar
cravings stopped. But I was still eating too many foods with too much fruit
sugar to continue lowering my blood sugar. I dropped all fruits, grains and
dairy products from my diet choosing to eat fresh raw vegetables and some
lean meats like fish, chicken and turkey. I was not craving sugar and wasn’t
as hungry as I used to be all the time. Any food that caused my blood sugar
to rise, I dropped from my diet. Carrots and yellow squash are examples.
Everyone has different body chemistry and you need to experiment and then
take your blood sugar to know what effect foods are having on you.
I started experimenting with different oil combinations and altering
them every 5 days. I would take my blood sugar and then put a couple of
drops of oil under my tongue and wait 20 minutes and take my blood sugar
again. I then used the oils that lowered my blood sugar the greatest and the
fastest. I increased the drops of those oils up to 10 drops of each oil or
sometimes a combination of oils 5 or 6 times daily. I changed oils after 4
or 5 days. Cinnamon Bark was the only oil that I continued to use daily. I
used Exodus 2 on my tongue and gums since I had the gum disease gingivitis
at the time, which I do not have today.
I increased my walking to 3 miles daily. To lower blood sugar it is
recommended by Dr. Mercola to walk at least one hour daily. I walk at least
6 days a week and rest one day. One hour of exercise daily is the minimum
requirement for those who are serious about lowering their blood sugar or
With this protocol by November, 2006 my average fasting blood sugar
was in the 130s. I could not lower this until I made some other changes.
During the month of December, I ate a couple of traditional Christmas
meals and my monthly fasting blood sugar raised 10 pts.
In January, 2007 I weighed around 225lbs, continued using oils and
Young Living Supplements and using the essential oils.
In February, 2007 I found a doctor that agreed to let me use natural
medicines, the essential oils as long as my tests were normal. My A1C test
was near normal 6.3, but my blood pressure was very high, 190/100 or so.
I started taking 6-8 ounces of Ningxia Red daily. After 4 weeks my
blood pressure was normal. 118/68.
I enrolled in Dr. Stewart’s Raindrop Workshop. (C.A.R.E. program)
Using the oils to teach distributors how to apply the Raindrop, I
began applying them on the bottom of my feet.