Diabetes News

In this section I will gather news about diabetes, whether related to my case in particular or interesting news about diabetes cure that appear in the media.

By Charlie G ❘ 2008

It seems that finally we can buy and take stevia as it is: a natural sweetener with beneficial properties, not something labeled as a dietary supplement or an additive for the bath (which was required by producers or distributors of stevia so far, since authorities did not allow it to be sold as a sweetener). I just read a story in an spanish online newspaper entitled “The ka’a he’ê is a drug that can fight diabetes and hypertension,” which in fact is an interview with medical researcher Dr. Luis A. Barriocanal Perasso. To date, stevia or ka’a he’ê (its original name) was only allowed for sale as a sweetener in a few countries, while in others like the U.S. and Europe could only be sold as a dietary supplement (many believe that this was due to multinational companies’ that produce artificial sweeteners, who feared for their business). Some institutions allowed […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2008

For the last few weeks some news is appearing about the risks of the compound Bisphenol A (BPA) contained in many plastic bottles, feeding bottles, cans… It seems that finally some countries are moving forward by declaring Bisphenol A a toxic substance. We’ll see how long it takes for producers of packaged foods and feeding bottles to replace this compound. The more pressure they receive from consumers the earlier they will do it. So let’s start demanding products free of Bisphenol A. Here are the links to the news that I found about this subject: Canada moves to ban bisphenol A in baby bottles BPA – The Danger Lurking in Baby Bottles, Formula Cans, and Sippy Cups

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Perhaps some of you are familiar with the name Denise Faustman. For those of you who have no idea who she is, Dr. Denise Faustman is director of the Immunobiology Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 2001 her exciting research in BCG therapy in mice resulted in the first totally natural cure of type 1 diabetes, without needing anti-rejection drugs. This healing therapy has been successfully replicated in 7 other laboratories in other parts of the globe, reaching the same results. Seven years later, they started to move on to clinical trial in humans. You can’t imagine the amount of money needed to carry out such research. As this potential cure uses medicines already approved and patent-free, pharmaceutical companies do not fund this project. Although the first phase of the project was fully funded, Dr. Faustman needs 25 million dollars to complete Phase 2. Therefore, we are talking about scientific […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2008

I just read some news today that left me puzzled. It turns out that these days the Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD, its acronym in English) is being held in Rome. In this event the results of the study “Instigate,” a study that collects data from 1,153 patients with type 2 diabetes from five European countries (UK, France, Germany, Greece and Spain), were presented. The goal of this study was to analyze the monthly cost of care for diabetes before and after six months of starting treatment with insulin. Check this out: in Spain, the average monthly cost is 515 Euros per patient using pills as the only drug, and 699 Euros per month for each patient after 6 months of treatment with insulin. Incredible, right? Apparently, the monthly cost increase after starting treatment with insulin was due to more consultations with specialists, […]

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By Charlie G ❘ 2008

Today I found an article on the internet that can give a bit of hope to those who suffer from diabetes, either type 1 or type 2, about a possible future treatment of this disease. It’s an investigation being carried out in Mexico (9th city in the world with the highest rate of diabetes), by a group of Cuban specialists to find a definitive cure for diabetes. According to the article, the treatment uses hemotherapy, a modern technique developed after almost half a century of research, which involves repeated use of a vaccine made with the patient’s own blood, designed to cure this and other autoimmune diseases. This vaccine stimulates the patient’s immune system, producing normal antibodies that block and destroy permanently and definitively abnormal antibodies that cause diabetes. Although I am not very fond of vaccines personally, and it is yet to be seen how this research evolves, according […]

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