Note: Day 3 of DBlogWeek. Yesterday we kept stuff in, so today let’s clear stuff out. What is in your diabetic closet that needs to be cleaned out? This can be an actual physical belonging, or it can be something you’re mentally or emotionally hanging on to. Why are you keeping it and why do you need to get rid of it? (Thank you Rick of RA Diabetes for this topic suggestion.)
Last month, I did some spring cleaning and found several books, as well as printouts of articles from different so-called health websites, about diabetes. I love books and it pains me to throw them away but those books on diabetes which were hiding in my diabetic closet did not deserve to be seen or read by another person, so I dumped them in the garbage bin. I wish I have the power to burn all copies of those books, punish their authors and prevent those same authors (and others who want to follow in their footsteps) from peddling their quackery, and the power to do the same to their Internet equivalents.
All those dubious books and websites have one thing in common, which can be summed up in two words: reverse diabetes. You can of course replace reverse with cure but the message remains the same. Some websites even make the dangerous claim of curing Type 1 diabetes. There are no words to describe the level of loathing I have for those who plant false hopes in people that diabetes can be reversed – some even claim in just a few weeks – just so that they can sell their specially formulated but suspicious diabetes-curing tonic water. Those quacks claim that diabetes can be reversed but if and only if diabetics adopt a vegan diet or some other, usually extreme, diet, or buy the author’s specially fabricated expensive pill or snake oil full of detox-inducing ingredients or specially formulated herbal extractions, or drown their potatoes in vinegar sprinkled with cinnamon. In more than a few cases, what those authors and bloggers are trying to sell is no more than a badly designed mishmash that borrows ideas from self-appointed wellness gurus and exaggerates or misquotes studies on natural substances, with some fakes even going to the extent of arriving at a conclusion not supported by the study that they are citing. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read a statement along the lines of “there are tons of studies and researches that support [insert the touted diabetes cure]” but without citing any specific study or research at all.
Some of those plans may be effective in keeping your blood sugar low, I’ll give you that. Usually, those plans involve some form of minimizing or restricting carbohydrate intake and avoiding commercial, processed, supermarket food. But is the diabetic rid of his diabetes? Only if he sticks to that plan. But the moment he deviates, his blood sugar rises and he is diabetic again (in which case, those authors and bloggers are very quick to place the blame on the diabetic himself for bringing back his diabetes by not religiously following the plan). Is that a cure? That’s like saying that someone who is allergic to peanuts is cured of his peanut allergy for as long as he does not eat peanuts. The quacks call it a cure. I call it fraud.