Toot, Toot

Can you hear my horn tootin’? Some good stuff (most of it mine :) that I’d like to plug today:

* My latest dLife column, Straight Up with Amy, welcomes you to the Health 2.0 movement. In fact, if you’re reading this post on, then you’re part of the movement, whether you know it or not. You are helping to change the world of healthcare just by being here, so thank you!Health20gif

* A conversation with me about my crazy web obsession, diabetes, and what Health 2.0 actually means at the Digital Influence Mapping Project. That blog happens to be written by John Bell, Managing Director/Exec Creative Director of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide. He also posted a related piece — covering “Consumer-Generated Healthcare” (OK, not really) — on his Digital Influence 360˚blog.

* My rather lengthy article on Avoiding Diabetic Complications (“Nurturing Your Health Bank“) finally appears in this month’s Diabetes Self-Management magazine! The content is drawn from our Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes Book, and I’m not sayin’ you won’t need to buy the book after reading this piece, but hey…Dselfmlogo

DSM’s web site was just re-launched, by the way, with a “fresh look and a friendly format, making it easier than ever for users to find the information they want.” New features include a diabetes-related “Definition of the Day” and a weekly menu of diabetes-friendly recipes.

* Better Is Better — a new booklet that is the “completely biased story on the insulin pump.” This one iBetter_is_betters written, designed, illustrated, printed and marketed (almost exclusively) by a guy named Chuck Eichten, who apparently had an epiphany after switching to the insulin pump. An excerpt:

“Do you currently lead a spectacular life? On the pump, your spectacular life becomes EVEN MORE ENVIABLE, if you can believe it… You will be, remarkably, a LITTLE BIT LESS OF A DIABETIC.”

Sounds like Chuck has a sense of humor, at least. He tells me that over 300,000 copies of this 40-page booklet have been distributed. Pretty spectacular.

It’s available for free “through as many health care providers and insulin pump manufacturers as I can convince to hand it out,” Chuck says. Or you can contact him HERE.

* DRI’s World of Hope Research Conference — coming up on Saturday, Nov. 3, in Davie, FL. A full day of “inspiring presentations” by some of the world’s leading diabetes researchers. There will be a mini expo, and attendees will have the opportunity for extensive Q & A sessions with all presenters. On hand will also be the PEP Squad (Parents Empowering Parents), an outreach group that mentors families of newly diagnosed children. Speaking of the kiddies, there’s free childcare for the 12-and-under set provided by the Barton Center for Diabetes Education. If you’re in or near Florida, this is one not to miss!


* Ooh, and did I mention that I was also recently interviewed for a story about the Insulet OmniPod, which will appear in Southwest Spirit magazine in December? D-Travelers, keep your eyes peeled for that one :)


3 Responses

  1. Christine
    Christine October 16, 2007 at 8:25 am | | Reply

    I have that Better is Better book. It’s awesome- kudos to Chuck.

  2. joan
    joan October 16, 2007 at 10:41 am | | Reply

    This is off topic from Amy’s post but I need some input from those of you who have had a positive and a negative experience with the pump.

    I am Type 1 on multiple injections and I have just been called by a study coordinator about being part of a pump study. It is for individuals who have never been on the pump. It would start with 7 days of continuous glucose monitoring (I would not have access to the numbers, then a pump with intense instructions). The first month would be weekly 2 hour appointments then 3 mo checks. The pump, all supplies, labs, test strips and meds would be free. The study would be for a year and then I would get some sort of pay at the end. Its a randomized study which means I might be selected to be in the study on multiple injections, there is that possibility.

    The pros for me are that of course it would be a great way to make a decision about the pump – getting it and all supplies for a year for free.

    The con is that I am very successfully losing weight (35 pounds so far with 30 to go) and my glucoses have been really crazy during this weight loss process with lots of hypoglycemia, re-figuring my basal rate (on Lantus) and my bolus rate (on Novolog).The good news is that I am using about one third less insulin per day than I was previous to losing weight!!

    Is this constant re-fguring process more likely to be easier or harder on a pump.

    HELP!! What do you think?

  3. RichW
    RichW October 17, 2007 at 10:30 am | | Reply

    Thank you for the info about the conference in Davie. My wife and I live on the other end of Alligator Alley. I think we might attend.

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