War of the Sugar Substitutes

Splenda vs. Equal vs. Sweet & Low…
Which is the lesser of evils?
I’ve noticed that lately, at least in California, restaurants and cafes now fill their ramekins with ALL THREE PRODUCTS, so patrons can choose their poison. I often stare long and hard at those yellow, baby blue and pink packets, wondering “should I be choosing on taste (who can tell the difference?) or based on some important health concern?”
What’s in them, anyway?…

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Plagiarism Update

Thank you everyone for your support and tips on fighting back against plagiarism! Naturally, I’m flattered by a citing now and then as long as there is clear attribution, but the web site in question has actually stolen DOZENS of my posts, including the associated images (even of my kids!), and was so brazen even to lift my original category names: “Scrutinizing the Diabetes News,” “Diabetes Bulletin Board,” “Self-Disclosure” and so on. Wankers!!
Anyway, based…

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Blog Plagiarism

The editors over at Medgadget and others have been quite upset over the newly launched BlogBurst service (an opt-in syndicator that offers blog content to newspapers) along with many “aggregators” that reprint people’s blog posts without express permission. Frankly, I’ve been on the fence about the issue myself, believing that as long as there is CLEAR ATTRIBUTION and a LINK BACK to the original blog, maybe it is just another Google-type service to help readers…

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Insulin Toothpaste (and more) Rejected: Coincidence or Conspiracy?

Yeah, insulin toothpaste! That caught my eye, too. I read a story a while back about a company called GenoMed, developing an insulin-laced toothpaste (!):
The company is perfecting specially formulated toothpastes that deliver drugs, like insulin, to patients while they’re brushing their teeth. Because insulin can’t survive stomach acid, it must be injected rather than ingested… Flossing, which often causes some bleeding of the gums, could help to speed the drug’s delivery to the…

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Quilted!

In case you’re already a little disgusted with my generally cheery attitude about diabetes, please don’t gag. This is for a very good cause: Children with Diabetes (CWD). And my 8yr-old actually sewed on the buttons for me. In fact, she and I did a Happy Dance when it was finally complete, because this very little bit of sewing (I outsourced the actual patchwork) took me over 8 months to complete. That would be about…

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