In­sulin just a cash cow

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - SA­MUEL BURKEEN Re­ston, Vir­ginia

What hap­pens when the de­mand for a prod­uct goes down, or the man­u­fac­turer thinks that it will go down in the near fu­ture? The price drops (“Drug­maker Eli Lilly an­nounces half-priced generic of its in­sulin prod­uct Hu­ma­log,” Web, March 4). The good news/bad news story about in­sulin is that it was and is a lifesaver for Type 1 di­a­bet­ics, but a life­long, chronic, dis­ease-caus­ing op­tion for Type 2 di­a­bet­ics.

Oprah is los­ing money on Weight Watch­ers, her dar­ling in­vest­ment. Ar­ti­cles on “keto crotch” and bad breath are ap­pear­ing in women’s mag­a­zines across from ads for Weight Watch­ers. If you read the fine print, you can see that the Amer­i­can Di­a­betes As­so­ci­a­tion is now in­clud­ing the low-carb diet as a treat­ment op­tion. They still can­not call it the ke­to­genic diet be­cause it would make them look like the crim­i­nals that they are. The ke­to­genic diet re­verses all mak­ers for di­a­betes, and un­sur­pris­ingly fol­low­ers of it stop their in­sulin in a mat­ter of a few weeks. This re­sult is in­de­pen­dent of how long they were on the drug.

There is noth­ing new about the ke­to­genic diet and what it of­fers di­a­bet­ics. A lead­ing au­thor­ity and pi­o­neer in the treat­ment of Type 2 di­a­betes in the early part of the 20th cen­tury rec­om­mended the ke­to­genic diet as a treat­ment op­tion. Un­for­tu­nately, with the ad­vent of in­sulin, the diet was thought to be un­nec­es­sary. With it, you could live with blood in­sulin lev­els five times the nor­mal level and grad­u­ally get worse over the years, sub­ject­ing your­self to the ma­jor­ity of as­so­ci­ated chronic dis­eases. This was thought to be per­fectly fine by the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion (and of course the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try).

In the past 20 years, the In­ter­net has turned on the light in the kitchen, and the roaches are scram­bling for cover. If 30 mil­lion U.S. cit­i­zens are di­a­betic, you get 1.5 mil­lion new cases per year and the pa­thetic Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion is wor­ried about measles in­stead, isn’t it way past time to stop pay­ing the roaches and get healthy?

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