Letters to the Editor

September 2005

Sep 1, 2005

Diabetes Cure May Reside in Adult Stem Cell Research

I have enjoyed the many discussions in previous issues of Diabetes Health about a cure for diabetes. Many of your readers feel that the research and pharmaceutical companies are procrastinating in finding a cure because of the money they stand to lose by no longer being able to sell their products if a cure is found.

I see the same dichotomy in embryonic and adult stem cell research funding. Embryonic stem cell research paves the way for new patents, and new patents interest speculators. Also, a key issue—if not the key issue—is all of the taxpayer money that will be available. If embryonic stem cell research is so promising, why can’t it attract private or corporate funding without the use of taxpayer money? The corporations and individuals should be able to earn an excellent return on such a promising field, shouldn’t they?

In contrast, there is adult stem cell research and cured diseases. Adult stem cells cure some forms of cancer, create skin grafts for burn victims and rebuild heart muscle and blood vessels. Adult stem cells also cure over 80 diseases.

For all of your readers with diabetes who want a cure, myself included (type 1 for 23 years), push for adult stem cell research and you may get it.

Ann Bronson
Fountain Fall, CA

IDH Reader Publishes E-Book

Congratulations on running a superb publication. I very much applaud your efforts. I have recently written an e-book on diabetes; the Web site for it is www.sayonaradiabetes.com. It is the story of how my mother took the healing of her type 2 diabetes into her own hands, primarily by adopting a macrobiotic way of life, doing physical and breathing exercises and cultivating a positive mind.

Adam Newhouse

A Shout Out for My Nephew

I am a mother of four children, and needless to say, things can get pretty hectic in our household. The biggest challenge is having to manage and focus on my youngest son Ryan, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 5.

It has been three years since his diagnosis, and we try very hard to allow Ryan to be a child first and a diabetic last. We try to be low key about the diabetes, but there are times that his blood sugar numbers are frustrating.

My nephew Andrew is extremely close to his cousins and especially to Ryan. He often sees his little cousin stop what he is doing to check his blood glucose and be treated if needed. He is fascinated by Ryan’s Deltec Cozmo pump and how well Ryan understands his insulin pump.

Diabetes and finding a cure are not in the “limelight” as cancer and other diseases are. My nephew feels that it is often overlooked or overshadowed by the other organizations. Andrew decided that he needed to do something to help his cousin and to raise diabetes awareness around his college campus. He purchased the rubber “Cure Diabetes” bracelets and created a fundraiser at his school, Lehigh University. He sold these bracelets to other students as well as staff members. Andrew single-handedly was able to raise money and sent all proceeds to diabetes research organizations.

I am very proud of my nephew for what he has done and just wanted to acknowledge him.

Phyllis Frank

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