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The sixth patient of Cantani is described, "After only five days of rigorous treatment, the sugar disappeared. Then he did the cure very rigorously for two months, and from then on, completely cured, he was able to return" other foods to his diet.

Diabetes mellitus and its dietetic treatment

OBSERVATION VI. - Mgr B., Patriarch Archbishop of Antioch, born in Candia, 64 years old, diabetic for four years, had previously had intermittent fevers in Syria; great previous sorrows, great moral and physical fatigue, and finally, four years ago, great fear from an assault in which he was threatened with death; as a treatment he was bled until he became bloodless, and fell into a faint. Note that this patient ate almost exclusively flour and sweets. In 1867, Mgr began to experience ardor in the mouth and lips, with ardent thirst and polyuria, especially at night; He observed that the flies were throwing themselves in great numbers on his urine, the drops of which stained his clothes. Little to


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The hunger increased, and however the patient grew thinner, the polyuria still increased. In November 1870, he was seen by two of my colleagues who ordered my treatment: the urine which initially weighed 1042 quickly went down to 1020: the sugar disappeared; but after eight days he ate bread, and immediately relapsed: three times he resumed the rigorous cure, but each time he returned too quickly to bread, and relapsed. However, there was a noticeable improvement in that thirst and polyuria were greatly reduced. When he came to Naples in the spring of 1871 he was emitting three liters of urine per day, according to Professor Primavera's analysis: specific weight 1035, sugar 240 gr. every twenty-four hours. After only five days of rigorous treatment, the specific gravity of the urine went down to 1018 and the sugar disappeared. Fifteen days later, the patient having taken a slightly sweet lemonade, again had a little sugar: then he did the cure very rigorously for two months, and from then on, completely cured, he was able to return first for the use of fruits and vegetables, the following month for the use of bread: the healing still persists today, according to the news I have received. He knows how to analyze his urine himself and thus monitor the results of his diet. All diabetics should learn to do it too: relapses would be much rarer.

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