Diabetes is a global scourge of pain, suffering, and premature death thakills an estimated 3.4 million people a year–a number sharply on therise. It contributes to arterial and nerve damage, heart attack, stroke, poorcirculation, foot ulcers, lower limb pain and numbness, weakness in handsand feet, kidney disease, and vision problems.

A healthy diet, regular physical activity, and maintaining a normal body weight are widely promoted to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease (90 percent of cases). We strongly believe that the increasing human disconnect from the Earth’s natural surface charge is a major missing link here.Since the mid-1900s there has been a proliferation in increasingly unnatural lifestyle practices, including sedentary work, less active time spent outdoors, and overeating nutrient-poor processed food full of refined carbohydrates. (See Plate 6 “Correlation or Coineidence?” on page 86;These are driving forces for diabetes. But so, too, is the overlooked disconnect with Mother Earth.

Reconnection helps in a number of significant ways.

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