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Healthy Eating as a Marketing Toy

The push and pull is simply insane. No wonder people get all crazy in their heads about eating and gaining/losing weight.  I was at the dentist’s office thumbing through a copy of Woman’s Day last week and hit an article about choosing the healthiest foods; smack in the middle of the first page of this article was an ad featuring the goopiest-looking piece of apple pie you’ve ever seen, with the tagline: “there’s only one…

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Information Therapy – Quick, Cheap and Indispensable

A fascinating concept, this.  The idea is simply that “giving the patient information relevant to his or her current moment in care” will improve the patient’s overall health and outcomes. Ahem, yeeeesss, that could help.
You might be surprised to learn that volumes of research papers and even official medical conferences have been built around this concept.  Check out Informationtherapy.org, non-profit center that “aims to advance the practice and science of information therapy to improve…

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(Medical Supply) Dreams Do Come True

Who remembers a while back when I was bemoaning the lack of a vial protector product that fit a Lantus bottle?  Not even those nifty little InSure vial protectors are thin enough to fit those tall, skinny and delicate Lantus vials.  What’s a PWD taking Lantus to do?
Happily, Necessity is the Mother of Invention, and I’ve just discovered their whereabouts:
Renee T. of Regato Enterprises, Ltd., in Illinois wrote me recently to say: “My…

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The Miracle of Timing

A wonder has occurred.  One of my own making, I might add.  Wasn’t it me who said the ‘T’ in RUT was for Troubleshoot?  Well, I’m proud to say this time I’ve had miraculous results.
The new strategy I’m testing is injecting at least 20 minutes (to half an hour) before eating, and for about 10 days now, things have been GOOD.  It’s absolutely Earth-shaking to see my post-prandial BG levels drop from 240+ to…

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The Book I Did Write

So I didn’t write the Great American Diabetes Narrative, nope.  But what I dreamed of doing was offering a clear instruction manual on how to manage your own health with diabetes — the kind of book I certainly could have used but couldn’t find when I was diagnosed.
Author James Hirsch writes of a growing divide between diabetic haves and have-nots — a world in which “an elite corps of highly motivated, educated, and financially…

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