NFI stands for “Natural Food Interaction” and it is gaining notoriety as an effective solution for Type 2 adult-onset diabetes, a lifelong disease that afflicts more than 30 million Americans – about one in ten. High blood sugar, insulin resistance, and low insulin levels hallmark the medical condition.
Type 2 diabetes disrupts how the body metabolizes sugar (glucose) which is a vital energy source. The hormone that regulates the movement of sugar into the cells, insulin, is produced by the pancreas, a small gland about 6 inches long that sits across the back of the abdomen, behind the stomach.
In patients of type 2 diabetes, cells stop responding normally to insulin (insulin resistance). At first, the diabetic pancreas makes more insulin to try to build up glucose levels in the cells. But eventually, the pancreas fails to keep up with demand and loses the ability to produce and release insulin. At that point, blood glucose levels rise, sometimes dangerously.
Obesity is strongly linked to type 2 diabetes which is being seen in more children and teens, especially those who are morbidly overweight.
Symptoms of type 2 diabetes may be mild and go undetected for quite some time. Signs of an insulin imbalance include:
- Increased thirst
- Frequent urination
- Blurred vision
- Being cranky
- Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
- Sores that resist healing
- Recurring yeast infections
- Increased appetite / hunger
- Unintended weight loss
- Frequent infections
- Areas of darkened skin, usually in the armpits and neck
David Hickman helped found the NFI Protocol which seeks to balance the interaction between natural food types:
“We have taken 1000’s of food groups and cross-referenced the chemical compounds within each of them to create an environment in the body which promotes faster metabolism and targets lipids around your internal organs (liver and pancreas) and especially the tiny lipid particles covering the insulin receptors which are a main cause of Insulin resistance.”
Both cholesterol and triglycerides are fats present in the blood called lipids. Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes are associated with a clustering of interrelated abnormalities between lipid in plasma (the colorless liquid part of blood) and lipoprotein (a combination of fat and protein that transports lipids in the blood), which include reduced good HDL cholesterol, a predominance of small dense bad LDL particles, and elevated triglyceride levels.
Principle among the thousands of foods approved by the health regime are beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables. The underlying idea is to pair foods so digestion can naturally control blood glucose processing.
For example, eating brown rice releases chemical “A” which has no effect, by itself, on lipid saturation inside the body. Consuming black beans produces another chemical “B” that also, by itself, doesn’t affect lipid saturation in the body. But, when eaten together, rice and beans produce a third chemical “C” that does have a very potent effect on lipid saturation.
Chemical “C” binds to the microscopic lipid particles covering the insulin receptors and starts to enable the body to break the blood fats down.
Regular consumption of the food combinations on the NFI Diet consistently reduces the lipid saturation in the body and targets the tiny lipid particles that cover the insulin receptors.
Hickman recounted the case of his patient, a medical doctor named Janka (pronounced YAN-ka) Lejavova from Slovakia. When she began the regime, Janka was extremely overweight and had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. She was one of the first enrollees in the new program, followed all the protocols to the letter, and actively pursued her goals, never asking for a break.
After five months, Janka had lost over 75 pounds, reduced all her tablet medications, and gotten her insulin down to very low levels.
Zuzana Plevova, co-founder of the NFI Protocol, said that the team became friends with Janka over the course of her treatment, sending pictures of her body changes and what she was doing. She snapped one shot of her with her dog in a rocky outdoor setting and commented that she was able to walk for an hour in the forest without suffering any leg pain.
Dr. Lejavova shared the “miracle diet” with her Slovakian type 2 diabetes patients and announced in August 2019 that she had taken 91 of them off their prescription medications, thanks to the NFI Diet:
“After feeling disillusioned over the last 12 years working in the medical field, I have hope back. The NFI diet has not just reminded me why I got into medicine – but allowed me to take action. I’m so delighted I am now able to help patients achieve true health.”
Mixing and matching different plant food combinations customized for each diabetic yielded a remarkable 96.5 percent remission rate among those who completed the protocol.
One success story featured Tereza G, a 33-year-old woman who had been diabetic for three years. After 13 weeks on the protocol, she lost 33 pounds and brought her blood glucose into the normal range.
Edward T was also triumphant after struggling for years, trying various diets, and finding nothing helped his type 2 diabetes. After 17 weeks on the protocol, he lost 46 pounds and was taken off his medication.
Hickman’s organization has published sample food combinations such as this one. However, the co-founder of the NFI Diet emphasizes that the foods consumed must be tailored to the patient’s BMI (body mass index) and other key parameters.