Letters to the Editor

Dec 1, 2006

Biggest Gripe Is That There Will Never Be a Cure

I read Diabetes Health from cover to cover and thinks it’s a great publication. I have been a type 1 for more than 40 years and have experienced all of the gripes that were listed in the article “Top 10 Patient Gripes” (October 2006).

My main gripe or concern is all of this double talk about finding a “cure” for diabetes. In the beginning, when I got diabetes, I joined the American Diabetes Association, did a lot of fund raising and went to a lot of meetings. Then, a few years back, I realized that a “cure” was not in sight. I kept hearing things like, “A cure is just around the corner” and it is still being said today knowing that a “cure” will never happen. All of the dollars being raised are going into someone’s pocket. Diabetes is big business, so why would they want to find a cure?

There have been a lot of advances made to help us manage our diabetes, but all of these advances cost a lot of money. I have read every book written on diabetes, and the one that helped me the most was, “Dr. Richard Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution.” I will continue to control my diabetes, and I will continue not to contribute to any fund raising to find a “cure” for diabetes.

Arnold Mellow
Grants Pass, Oregon

Reader Says There is Only One Real Type of Diabetic

Can someone explain to me how a person whose body DOES NOT produce insulin and a person whose body does produce insulin both be called diabetics? It’s an insult to me and the real diabetic out there.

I’ve been a real diabetic for over 40 years, and I do know exactly what I’m talking about. If your body doesn’t produce insulin you are a diabetic—pure, plain and simple.

Dave Bergant

Vitamin P Works for Me

I wanted to write to tell you how much I enjoy Diabetes Health. The magazine has a wonderful, fresh approach. By including natural alternative suggestions, you assist all diabetics in being even more in charge of their treatment.

I’ve been a type I diabetic for 48 years – since I was 10 years old. I have been extremely fortunate to live as a “healthy diabetic” and that is how I think of myself. I wanted to share a health tip with other readers.

When I was in my early 20s, I read that Vitamin P strengthens the capillary walls. Vitamin P is found in the thick, white, inner skin of large oranges and grapefruit. So, I figured that eating this part of the fruit would be beneficial for me since retinopathy is the breaking down of capillary walls.

Every winter, when citrus is in, I eat the somewhat bitter inner rind and, luckily, I’ve gotten to where I like the taste. Three months ago, I had my first laser treatment for minor retinopathy. My eye doctor was amazed that I had been a diabetic for 48 years before I needed this first treatment. (I never eat the skin since it could be dyed.)

Maybe it is just luck, but I think that Vitamin P has been working for me all these years!

Keep up the great work!

Susan LosCalzo
Rutherfordton, North Carolina

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