The Internet is a great source of information for people interested in diabetes. Unfortunately, it can also be a great source of misinformation and can be used to promote fraud. Such is the case of one Ulrich von Arnim and his German Company, BvA-Tec. On their website, they assert that they have made a discovery that does away with the need for insulin after trials on 16,000 patients in Germany and other European countries. However, the alleged trials have not been presented at any scientific meeting, have not been published in any scientific journal, and have not been registered on any clinical trial registry.
However, in an interview with the Australian newspaper The Age, Mr von Arnim defended his treatment, and said "There is no question I have got the key to it." He claimed that he would publish full details of the research, but not until he had registered a patent for the treatment. Yet, advertising such a treatment on the internet might invalidate such a patent anyway. The article in The Age also describes his protracted battles with the courts, and notes one hearing in which he was described as having a "grand delusional disorder." The website claims that "From 1995 to 2010, von Arnim lived in Australia, and carried out much of his research in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Monash University in Melbourne." Yet, discussions with various faculty members from Monash indicate that none of them have any recollection of this man being there. In addition, The German Diabetes Society has issued a warning that there is no scientific evidence to back his claims and no confirmation of work he says he has carried out with universities and researchers. Thus, unless and until scientific studies are published in reputable journals, no one should be induced to participate in this fraud.
Jay Skyler, MD
February 9, 2011
Last Updated: Wednesday February 09, 2011 11:42:48
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