I thought a brief history of my search for the “proper food for mankind” might be of interest to you. I became a type 2 diabetic in 1967 at the age of 39. I was put on the standard ADA type diet, emphasizing carbohydrates. I more or less followed this diet for 14 years and then ended up in the hospital with two diabetic ulcers on my left foot (a corrected club foot with several high pressure spots). It was at this time that the first glucometers were being introduced. These glucose meters allowed you to measure your blood glucose (sugar) level at home. A nurse helped me obtain one and my journey began searching for my best diet regimen. When I was released from the hospital I was on 28 units of insulin per day. Six months later, I was on “0” medication. I had used my meter to record my BG reactions to the different foods that I ate. I soon discovered that certain foods raised my BG levels dramatically and I would then eliminate them from my diet. I also eliminated almost all manufactured, processed, foods. The foods first eliminated were all grains, dairy products and some starchy vegetables, most notably potatoes.
For the next 15 years I continued to perfect my regimen using my BG reactions as my only guide. Then I was given a computer by my daughter and a whole new world opened up. It was at this time I discovered the Paleo diet and was amazed at the close similarity with my regimen. I thought this might all be of interest to you. I was able to stay off insulin for over 10 years but suffered a trauma about 6 years ago and had to go back on insulin. My health is very good and my BG readings are in the normal range (70 to 130 mg/dI) over 95% of the time. My doctor says that from my blood chemistries and physicals he would not know I was diabetic.
I have read your book and all the papers I could find and find your work fascinating.