Endo Blogs!

Anyone else notice that once you get sucked into the blog scene, it’s kinda hard to stop? I mean, Web surfing till the wee hours was one thing, but now I click through a labyrinth of fascinating blogs at least twice a day, often so intent that I tune out my kids’ screaming altogether (oooh, maybe I could write it off as therapy?)

In any case, I wanted to share the news that there are in fact at least two endocrinologists out there blogging. One is Dr. T. Steven Roosevelt of the Idaho Diabetes & Endocrine Associates, who writes Endo-Blog.” Looks like this doc’s been sharing “the latest news and opinions on the treatment of diabetes and endocrinological research” since June of last year.

And there’s also a brand new one by Dr. William Quick, an endocrinologist for nearly 30 years who now works for Sanofi-Aventis pharmaceutical company. His new blog is called Diabetes-Dot-Blog-Dot-Com -– which he claims I “dared him” to create. Love it! Bill just started his on May 4 as an interactive “blogcompanion” to the comprehensive website he runs with his wife, the Diabetes Monitor.

Of course these docs don’t share specific patient interactions (remember the Hippocratic Oath? — that’s medical ethics, folks!) But at least now we can hear from some real, live, honest-to-goodness PEOPLE who also happen to be professionals that treat our disease for a living. Remember, Cyberspace is the great equalizer. Out here, we are all just interesting strangers searching for information and recipes for improving our lives. No more Godlike status for the MD’s. As they say in German: “they boil with water, too.” Blogs open up the chef’s kitchen to us common folk. Now let’s watch ‘em cook.

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4 Responses

  1. James VanDrisse
    James VanDrisse May 6, 2005 at 8:58 am | | Reply

    After reading about your blog in the wall street journal while in my doctors’ waiting room I asked her about it and she said one should only rely on the american diabetes assoc. web for advice. Being a new diabetic am I also being a recondite? My doctor also warned about the internet being bad or good. Am sticker shocked at the price of actose, which is prescribed. Doctor also advised the ely lilly diabetes medications as a good website to consulte?

  2. jesper b
    jesper b May 6, 2005 at 10:25 am | | Reply

    James – as with all things in life you have to be critical of the information you find online. The same goes for picking a doctor.
    Turn on your crap detector, crosscheck the information, and consult your reliable sources (like your doctor) with whatever ideas you may get of the net.

    Great with the endo-blogs – I look forward to the next step, when the medical companies start joining in.

  3. AmyT
    AmyT May 6, 2005 at 11:57 am | | Reply

    Thank you, Jesper, for your voice of reason here. For Pete’s sake!! I knew I’d be called upon to print a disclaimer at some point: I can’t vouch for anyone else’s blog of course, but I’m certainly NOT in the business of offering certified medical advice. I’m just one clueless new diabetic sharing her experiences. Got that, everybody?!
    :) Can you see me grinning?

  4. Shannon Lewis
    Shannon Lewis May 6, 2005 at 6:22 pm | | Reply

    There’s so much varying info on treatments and management that a person has to go with what sounds right for them. If a person feels the information is questionable, ask you doctor. Everytime I see a new piece of information that I like, I always ask my son’s endo or nurse educator for their opinion. Whether or not I listen to them is another story.

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