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[IP] pancreas transplant article
Dear Ms, Creager
I read your recent article with interest, having been type I diabetic for
almost 30 years, diagnosed at age 10, but according to Dr. Fasola, I have
already been cured!
He said, in your article, " We are interested in a cure for diabetes that
will be like a tailor-made suit," Fasola said. "For some, it is insulin. For
others, a pancreas, or islets."
You are giving your readers FALSE information with this quote, because
manufactured insulin injected into the skin, or inhaled by the new inhalers,
or infused through the skin with an insulin pump, is NOT a cure. Nor are
those little pills like glugophage and avandia taken by millions of type 2.
In fact, they are not even insulin - they are OTHER drugs that help a type
2's body more efficiently utilize the insulin he or she does make
A real cure means freedom from putting the insulin into the body, such as
with the patient who received the transplant. The path to a cure, right now,
lies in the direction of stem cells, particularly the embryonic ones, as
studies have shown the adult ones are not capable of everything scientists
thought they might.
If insulin is a cure, then why is JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research
Foundation) and the other organizations and research centers around the world
still trying to find a cure, spending, apparently, redundant research dollars
on something that has already been cured? "Heck, we can all save our money,
or donate it to "more worthy" causes, since diabetes has been "cured" by
insulin." This, I am afraid, is the impression this quote will give many
readers who do not understand how diabetes works.
I would be grateful if you would print some sort of correction.
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