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How Acceptance of the Past Eliminates a Diabetic’s Cravings

Dear EFT Community,

Here, EFT practitioner, John Russo, tells of his success in working with a client with diabetes who was severely addicted to sugar, which included drinking 5 to 6 liters of soda per day. After EFT, “Michael’s” insulin need dropped from three shots per day to one shot per week, his blood sugar level dropped from 400 to 109, his leg ulcer began healing, the blood pressure to his feet increased, his leg and back pain were gone, and his energy level had increased dramatically.


By John Russo

Working with diabetics is a challenging experience yet has proven to be a very rewarding one. Here is an illustrative example from a list of many diabetic cases for which we have successfully applied EFT.

Michael, a 59-year-old obese male, was diagnosed in 2001, suffering from leg ulcers, advanced diabetes, leg, and back pain. He required three insulin shots a day. In blood sugar level testing several times a day, his average level was 400. He was addicted to sugar products, drinking 5 to 6 liters of soft drinks daily.

Most severe reaction: Brink of coma, 17-day hospital stay for stabilization.

Reason for visit: Diabetes, leg pain, back pain, fatigue.

Michael recalled being told as a boy not to eat so many sweets. His aunt told him if he did, he would get “sugar” like his grandmother had (the term “sugar” means, in this case, diabetes). It is “hereditary.” (The “seed was planted.”) His cravings for sweets began to grow. As a child, his parents were somewhat able to restrict his intake. As he matured, married, and moved from his parents household, his cravings became more easily satisfied, yet much more frequent.

There were 4 issues to address:

1. Forgive his aunt for causing his resentment.

2. Cravings for sweets.

3. Forgiving himself for his addiction.

4. Resetting the energy flow to the pancreas.

Issue 1: Forgiving his aunt

The EFT Setup affirmation for issue 1 was:

Even though my aunt told me I would have ‘sugar,’ I deeply and truly forgive her.”

The Reminder Phrase was:

“Forgive my aunt.”

On a 0-10 SUD Level of Intensity scale, the issue went from 8 to 5. Upon a subsequent attempt at complete forgiveness, the issue remained at 5–no change.

The continued affirmation was:

“Even though I am angry at my aunt, I deeply and completely forgive her.”

The sequence included saying loudly, “ANGER!” After this the anger intensity went from 5 to 0. Issue resolved.

Issue 2: Cravings

We gave Michael a glass of his favored soda, and double chocolate fudge Swiss creme roll. SUD Level of Intensity craving measurement: 10+.

The Setup affirmation was:

“Even though I am craving these treats, I deeply and completely accept and forgive myself.

The Reminder Phrase included:

“Treats…forgive myself.”

Measure craving went from 10+ to 7-8. Using “remaining craving” on subsequent sequences produced no change.

New affirmation Setup:

“Even though I crave these sweets, I respect myself.”


“Sweets…respect myself.”

Measured craving: 8 to 0. Michael discarded the soda and the cakes.

This important step also alleviated issue 3, his addiction to sugar. Issues 2 and 3 resolved.

Issue 4: Pancreas

The Setup affirmation was:

“Even though my pancreas is lazy, I deeply and completely accept myself.”


“Lazy pancreas.”

We did the EFT Basic Recipe three times because we were unable to measure the output.


Michael has a more relaxed manner about him. He has lost his need for excessive chatter. Forgiving his aunt for planting the seed has calmed him. Forgiving, accepting, and respecting himself for his craving has virtually allowed him to eliminate confections from his diet. He now drinks diet soda (a 24-ounce bottle every other day) and has only occasional sweets for celebrations and such.

As for the lazy pancreas, his insulin need dropped dramatically from three shots per day to about one shot per week. His sugar level in the testing has gone from 400 to about 109. His leg ulcer is healing nicely and the blood pressure to his feet has increased. The leg and back pain have all but disappeared and he is able to sleep through the night. His energy level has increased dramatically.

A strange, but interesting side effect surfaced from these sessions. Michael’s desire to smoke has substantially lessened. His cigarette consumption has decreased from a carton weekly to about three packs.