Former Arkansas governor and ex-Fox News host Mike Huckabee has been pitching a booklet, "The Diabetes Solution Kit," that can supposedly tell people how to "reverse" diabetes.
In an Internet ad (video below), Huckabee, who may run for president in 2016, claims, "Let me tell you, diabetes can be reversed. I should know because I did it. Today you can, too.”
Huckabee makes similar claims on the product's website.
While people can make lifestyle changes to better manage their diabetes, the American Diabetes Association and the Canadian Diabetes Association have warned against dramatic claims and products, noted The New York Times.
"You have an amazing opportunity to stop diabetes in hits tracks, and actually reverse it, just as I did, simply and naturally,” added Huckabee. "Most people find within four weeks they don't need any medication at all."
Huckabee then tells his audience about the "Diabetes Solution Kit,” which is a $19.95 booklet by Barton Publishing. The booklet is supposed to give people with diabetes lifestyle advice on exercise and diet.
"I used the same techniques to lose 110 pounds of fat, get my own blood sugar under control and completely reverse my Type 2 diabetes," Huckabee said.
Barton Publishing offers a variety of supposed cures, for conditions from kidney stones to erectile dysfunction, but not everyone is convinced.
"You can trust me or you can trust the guy on the Internet,” Dr. Anna Zisman of the University of Chicago Medical Center, told The Daily Beast.
There have also been online complaints about Barton Publishing on ReviewsTalk.com.
In 2004, Huckabee scoffed at people who offered health advice, "I try not to go around saying, 'Well, you ought to do this because I did it,'" reported The Washington Post.
Huckabee’s spokeswoman, Alice Stewart, recently said in a statement:
His contract to discuss the importance of personal health habits for diabetes solutions ended last week. It was something created several months ago, back in 2014, but due to possible future plans, he has concluded the relationship.