Tribal members turn to tradition to fight diabetes
Monday, November 10, 2003

Frustrated with what they see as the lack of progress of conventional medicine, members of the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona are returning to traditional ways to combat diabetes.

A group of tribal members believe changes in diet and lifestyle will protect them against the disease. They say diabetes was unheard of until recently, when they were introduced to flour, sugar, lard and canned goods.

Watermelon, squash, beans and other desert foods are now back on the menu, as is the agricultural lifestyle. Their efforts aren't widely accepted within the scientific community, but they point out that that Western medicine hasn't put a significant dent in the numbers afflicted by diabetes.

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Native Cure (The Arizona Republic 11/10)

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