Diabetes: A Global Epidemic

Worldwide, diabetes has reached pandemic proportions. Data published in 2015 in the International Diabetes Federation’s (IDF) Diabetes Atlas show that the disease now affects a staggering 415 million people worldwide. Diabetes is one of the largest global health emergencies of the 21st century.

The new data predict that the total number of people living with diabetes will skyrocket to 642 million by the year 2040 if nothing is done.

Diabetes, mostly type-2, now affects 8.8 percent of the world’s adult population. Approximately 5 million people aged between 20 and 79 years died from diabetes in 2015, equivalent to one death every six seconds.

Diabet is being dealt with in two ways, one is prevention of diabetes with correct nutrition and the other is more radical way to treat diabetes - a bariatric surgery. There are several different bariatric surgeries available today. Most popular bariatric surgeries are gastric bypass and gastric band. There are also new types of gastric procedures like gastric plication which is a less invasive method of reducing the size of your stomack.

The world is facing an unprecedented increase in the prevalence of diabetes, most of which are cases of type-2 diabetes.

According to the CDC, 86 million Americans now have prediabetes—that’s 1 out of 3 adults! Of those 86 million, 9 out of 10 of them don’t even know they have it. 

Our Onsite Program



Diabetes Recovery Program is medically supervised and based on 35 years of experience of treating diabetes naturally.

Of the 110 participants who have thus far participated in this program:

  • 60% of the NIDDM Type Two Diabetics were off all oral medications after 3 weeks with FBS less than 100.
  • 28% of IDDM Type Two Diabetics reversed their diabetes after 3 weeks with no insulin and a fasting blood sugar (FBS) of less than 100.
  • 100% of pre-diabetics healed.

Inherent in the program’s design, is the understanding that true healing is a multi-faceted process that must address medical concerns in a context that fosters one’s spiritual evolution.

This includes the implementation of dietary, nutritional, and lifestyle changes in addition to exercise, meditation, and psycho-spiritual awareness training. Learn more here.

Discover how you or a loved one can reverse diabetes through the Tree of Life’s on-site 21-Day Reversing Diabetes Program.


As a doctor who has treated diabetes for nearly thirty years, I can tell you with certainty that the standard medical protocols and management of this illness are not only inappropriate, they’re absurd.  In sharp contrast, Gabriel Cousens, MD, has developed a protocol for successfully restoring the health and well-being of diabetics – sparing them from the pain and agony of unnecessary and inevitable amputations, obesity, blindness, and pre-mature death.

Daniel Nuchovich, MDDirector of Jupiter Gardens Medical and Jupiter Institute of Healing Arts

Gabriel Cousens, MD has clearly established himself as the world’s leading medical authority on diabetes.  His Tree of Life Program is proven to completely reverse Type 2 diabetes.”

David WolfeHealth Expert, Author, & Speaker

I’m beginning to think of the raw vegan diet as a “diet for life”. I don’t miss the old ways and I certainly don’t miss waking up and sticking my finger to see another reading in the high 200s or low 300s.  Conventional medicine doesn’t believe we can cure ourselves of this disease, but only manage it.  If you have Type II diabetes, know there is hope. As Gabriel Cousens, MD, writes in the book that became my Bible for healing: “There is a Cure for Diabetes.”

Bobbie Jo L.Reversing Diabetes Naturally participant, September 2009

Tree of Life 21-Day+ Program is a breakthrough at the forefront of understanding and reversing diabetes.

Robert Ivker, M.D.Ret. President of the American Holistic Medical Association

Dear Dr. Cousens, I want to thank you for your miracle of curing my diabetes in one month’ s time.  Absolutely incredible.  As a fellow physician, I had great doubts as to how you were going to cure my 12 year battle with diabetes in such a short time. After my stay at your retreat for 30 days and seeing with my own eyes that it was indeed possible to accomplish the impossible, I commend you for your genius in perceiving, as you stated, that  ‘I have only given you what God has already provided from his garden to heal ourselves’. Thank you for your deep concern for mankind. My prayers are always with you in your quest to heal the body,  the soul, and the world.

Dr. Bill F.Tree of Life Reversing Diabetes Naturally Participant

This is the opportunity of a lifetime to learn and grow and spark your healing potential.  I learned so much about myself here.  The energy and love we felt here was amazing.  Having a group of people who want to live better and improve their health and healing potential in one place learning and growing together felt remarkable.  Thank you seems so small!

TanyaReversing Diabetes Naturally participant, August 2011

I reduced my blood glucose to half in 3 days.  My experience has been peaceful, quiet and wholesome.  I feel so relaxed.  I recommend this program wholeheartedly. It is very effective.  Dr. Cousens and Shanti are so simple and devoted.

Jim B.Reversing Diabetes Naturally participant, October 2011

I successfully reversed my diabetes.  I loved the high quality of the program and information.  All the staff is patient and excellent to interact with.  The food is great and has totally suited my eating habits.  If anyone has diabetes they need to go to the Tree of Life to achieve a new view of this disease and a healthier future.  This is a great retreat for all levels of your life.  Thank you for giving me the education, tools and experience to reverse diabetes and bring health and joy into my family.

BarryReversing Diabetes participant, October 2011

Diabetes Prevention Worldwide

Dr. Cousens and the Tree Of Life Foundation are working on a global level to reverse diabetes naturally. Dr. Cousens is specifically doing this by collaborating with the leaders of countries who are ready to embrace radical positive change.

In these countries The Tree of Life Foundation is providing diabetic prevention and education with the training of what we call in Mexico primadoras (non-professional health workers) who are trained in diabetes protection, prevention, general health, and Dr. Cousens’ Phase One approach to a live food vegan diet. These training courses are both in English and Spanish and will soon be up on UISCA website for college credit.

We are also developing physical teaching and feeding centers for diabetes and preventative health. Over time, these initial training centers will serve as exemplary leaders in reversing diabetes naturally at a state-wide level. Learn more here.

Learn more about our global impact in reversing diabetes through our humanitarian efforts.

Dr. Cousens: Pioneering The Healing of Diabetes

Gabriel Cousens, M.D.Gabriel Cousens, MD has 40 years of clinical research and experience in reversing diabetes using whole, natural, plant-source nutrition. He has developed successful programs for the prevention and treatment of this global pandemic currently affecting the lives of 380 million people. His book, There Is A Cure For Diabetes, explicitly outlines his research with 120 diabetics and their amazing results. Dr. Cousens research reveals why an understanding of the Chronic Diabetes Degenerative Syndrome and its prevention is vital for everyone.

This program is a healthy alternative to the traditional allopathic route. It works best for those who love themselves enough to want to heal themselves

– Gabriel Cousens, MD

Over the last 40 years I, Dr. Cousens, have been doing research on how to heal diabetes naturally. In the last 7 years, I have developed a 21-day program showing that we have the ability to heal Type 2 diabetes naturally. Healing means to return formerly diabetic people to a non-diabetic physiology with the use of diet, herbs, minerals and enzymes.

In a series of 120 people, there was a successful cure rate of 61% with type 2 non-insulin dependent diabetes and 24% with type 2 insulin dependent diabetes in 3 weeks. “Success” means a fasting blood sugar lower than 100 and all normal blood tests for diabetes for 3 months.

For type 1 diabetes, which is considered absolutely incurable, the healing rate is 21% in three weeks. Type I diabetes is not however the focus of the worldwide prevention effort as it is a relatively small proportion of the diabetic population.

The orthodox medical myth is that diabetes is “incurable” and a “slow death march”. My research, which is published in the book, There Is a Cure for Diabetes, now available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Italian, strongly suggests that we have a natural cure completely available to us. The new edition published in April 2013 not only makes this clearer, but also gives clearer information of what causes it and therefore how to prevent it.

Dr. Cousens Wrote the Book on Reversing Diabetes Naturally

diabetes book

Dr. Cousens’ book There Is A Cure For Diabetes is a practical and encouraging guide for reversing diabetes naturally.

It includes:

  • Sharing the clinical experience and results from the last 120 participants in our Reversing Diabetes Naturally program.
  • Heavily researched, this revised edition contains over 100 pages of new material supported by 238 new citations.
  • A “Theory of Diabetes” – an explanation of Chronic Degenerative Diabetes Syndrome
  • Dr. Cousens’ 12 Healing Secrets for Diabetes

The book represents a major breakthrough in understanding the synergy that helps cure diabetes.

Gabriel Cousens, M.D. wrote the book on reversing diabetes naturally. Learn more about the science behind his healing protocol.

Praise From The Experts

“There is abundant evidence that people with even long-standing diabetes can improve their health dramatically-and practically reverse their condition. Gabriel Cousens, MD, shows you how to tackle this disease through lifestyle intervention, explaining how a low-fat, vegan diet could save your life. There Is a Cure for Diabetes is an extraordinary tool that will guide you in your journey to fight diabetes and regain your health.”

Neal Barnard, MDPhysicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

“The second edition of There Is a Cure for Diabetes is groundbreaking. Dr. Gabriel Cousens gets impressive results that speak for themselves. He is reducing and even eliminating the need for medication, rated by The Journal of the American Medical Association as the fourth leading cause of death in people with diabetes. This well-documented book is all the more important and a better alternative.”

Terry Shintani, MD, JD, MPHAuthor of The Good Carbohydrate Revolution

“With this book, Gabriel Cousens, MD, takes his place among the world’s leading physician-healers. A synthesis of his thirty-five years of clinical experience, There Is a Cure for Diabetes presents a practical, comprehensive, and highly effective holistic approach for treating and curing one of our most common diseases. It is the greatest contribution to the treatment of diabetes I’ve encountered in the forty years since I began my medical training.”

Dr. Rob Ivker, DO, ABHMCo-founder and past president of the American Board of Holistic Medicine

“As a doctor who has treated diabetes for nearly thirty years, I can tell you with certainty that the standard medical protocols and management of this illness are not only inappropriate, they’re absurd. In sharp contrast, Gabriel Cousens, MD, has developed a protocol for successfully restoring the health and well-being of diabetics, sparing them the pain and agony of unnecessary and inevitable amputations, obesity, blindness, and premature death. If followed, his advice in There Is a Cure for Diabetes provides diabetics freedom from their illness and enriches the quality of their lives.”

Daniel Nuchovich, MDDirector of Jupiter Gardens Medical Center and Jupiter Institute of the Healing Arts

Native American Diabetes Recovery Program

The Native American Diabetes Recovery Program, designed and sponsored by the Tree of Life Foundation, a 501(c) 3 humanitarian service organization, represents an effective option for healing diabetes in the Native American community, and eventually indigenous communities around the globe.

Research from around the world has shown that within 20 years after the western industrialized diet of processed food, white sugar, and white flour is introduced into indigenous cultures, diabetes “breaks out” amongst them.  This is the situation we face in the Native American cultures today.

The remedy of this situation first requires that we understand that Type II onset diabetes is essentially healable through a 25-45% moderate low carbohydrate, 10-15% protein, 25-45% raw fat, whole food diet combined with the use of specific herbs, vitamin and mineral supplements, specific digestive enzymes, and moderate exercise. All of the Native Americans who have come to the Tree of Life Center US were rapidly healed with the exception of one person, although doing well, decided to quite the program because he didn’t feel ready for it.

One study shows that the Pima populations of Arizona have a diabetes rate of 50%, (others estimate 90%), which is 19 times higher than the average American-European population.  Their genetic cousins, the Tara Humara Indians, who have maintained a traditional diet without white sugar have a rate closer to 5%.

It is astounding that the focus of diabetic treatment in the tribes in Arizona is how to cut down on the amount of amputations, rather than how to prevent and reverse the diabetic process. Dennis Banks, who healed his diabetes at Tree of Life Center US and is the head of the American Indian Movement, in our co-sponsored walk against diabetes across America, reported to me that the rate of diabetes on most of the reservations was close to 90%. Perhaps no other group in the world is so hard hit.

The Tree of Life Foundation Native American Diabetes Recovery Program (still in its fledgling stage) is dedicated to supporting Native Americans in completely eliminating the occurrence of diabetes, both at the individual and tribal levels. To facilitate this viable possibility, the Tree of Life Foundation sponsors Native American Tribal leaders from each tribe, who have diabetes, a 21-day diabetes healing cycle at the Tree of Life Center US so that they may first benefit from the Diabetes Recovery Program on an individual level.

With Gabriel Cousens, M.D., M.D. (H), D.D., founder of the Tree of Life Foundation, who is also a four-year Native American Sundancer and Eagle Dancer, as their guide, the participants experience the necessary shift in diet and the comprehensive medical protocol for healing diabetes naturally.  The foundation for lasting health is a specifically designed program that creates a shift from the “western industrialized diet”, presently mistaken for a “traditional” diet, to an authentic traditional, healthy, anti-diabetic one.

Some of these traditional anti-diabetic foods are corn, mottled lima beans, white and yellow tepary beans, velvet mesquite pods, non-bitter Emory oak acorns, nolpalitos, bellotas, chia, mesquite meal, and prickly pear fruit.  Following this authentic traditional diet allowed the Native American cultures to be essentially free of diabetes for hundreds of years.  Re-incorporating this wisdom and practice into tribal life offers a return to individual and cultural health.

As the participants are undergoing their own healing and learning process, our plan is to empower them to share this wisdom with others on their home reservation.  While at the Tree of Life Center US, select participants will be educated in how to teach diabetic diet and prevention.  They will return to their tribes, and with support from the Tree of Life, would begin local support programs.

Their role will be diabetes “health educators”, as well as other active American para-health educators, inspiring the tribes’ people to come to the three-week treatment program at the Tree of Life where they can be fully engaged in the healing program in a protected supportive environment.  These Native American “health educators” would be trained by the Tree of Life Foundation and be able to support their fellow tribes-people, who have undergone the Tree of Life Program, in maintaining the program of herbs, lifestyle, and diet once they return to their homes.

A diabetes trained RN will assist as a medical diabetes and health coordinator of this program in cooperation with Gabriel Cousens, M.D., M.D. (H).  She will visit the reservations offering additional medical, organizational, and educational support. A key part of the work is diabetes prevention education.


The Native American Natural Healing Diabetes Program has unlimited expansion potential because the problem of the epidemic of diabetes, following the introduction of white sugar, white flour, and processed foods in Native American communities. The same problem exists in many indigenous cultures.  It has the potential to expand from the Native American tribes in the United States and Canada to indigenous tribes in Mexico, Central and South America, Hawaii, and the Polynesian Islands.

This program is offering a crucial vehicle for the natural healing of Type II adult onset diabetes.  The Tree of Life Foundation is committed to supporting the healing of diabetes throughout all indigenous cultures worldwide. Our initial goal is to initially develop 2 community-based centers. One in Alaska where we have strong leadership who has healed of diabetes at the Tree of Life Foundation and one in Wyoming under the guidance of Dennis Banks, the leader of AIM (American Indian Movement) who has also healed his diabetes at the Tree of Life.

The prevention and healing support is particularly critical for success. It is composed of several components:

  1. Extensive training of Native diabetes para-professionals and educators in each of their respective tribes is planned.
  2. Making available healthy, organic food at cost, or below, in specific anti-diabetic nutrition stores on each reservation.
  3. Micro-business support for local farmers to grow healthy, organic foods for the community will create hope and employment.
  4. Creation of diabetes health education and prevention centers on each reservation.
  5. Significant education at all levels of the reservation and total community for all levels of schooling is needed.
  6. Identify Native American medical personnel who will participate.
  7. Activate community to politicize the issue and involve tribal counsels.


The Movie – Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days


Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days is an independent documentary film that chronicles six Americans with diabetes who switch to a diet consisting entirely of vegan, organic, uncooked food in order to reverse disease without pharmaceutical medication. The six are challenged to give up meat, dairy, sugar, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, soda, junk food, fast food, processed food, packaged food, and even cooked food for 30 days. The film follows each participant’s remarkable journey at the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center and captures the medical, physical, and emotional transformations brought on by this radical diet and lifestyle change.

Do you know someone with diabetes? Get inspired by this movie!

Medical Disclaimer

If you are on diabetes medication, insulin, or oral hypoglycemics, please do not attempt to come off medication without medical supervision.