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It's very apparent that you are well entrenched in the traditional medical community line of "this works don't need to find something better." You are so negative! If an alternative treatment can't hurt but might help for whatever reason then why not. Some alternative treatments for many diseases are now part of regular medical procedures. Have an open mind will you! In particular, systemic yeast is starting to be recognized as more of a factor in contributing to worsened symptoms in many diseases, and it doesn't have to be a critically high level in some people. The diet alone is beneficial for a patient who has a blood sugar problem. It's not a cure but it can go a long way to getting the body to metabolize nutrients better and possibly reduce the amount of insulin necessary. I suggest you investigate your answers a little better next time. There are indeed a lot of quacks out there that we have to be aware of but I was very disappointed in most of your short uninforming answers.


This question is answered by the Editor and Medical Director of the Diabetes Team:

Answer from Jeff Hitchcock, the Editor:

Children with Type 1 diabetes must take insulin injections every day to remain healthy and to survive. There is nothing "traditional" or "alternative" about that simple fact. While a proper diet is part of the overall care for children with Type 1 diabetes, dietary changes are not sufficient to solve the fundamental problem of Type 1 diabetes: the destruction of the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. Those who advocate dietary changes alone as a treatment for Type 1 diabetes put at serious risk the lives of those they would wish to treat.

The health professionals who make up the Diabetes Team at Children with Diabetes bring with them a broad range of experience and expertise. All have treated hundreds, if not thousands, of children and adults with diabetes and know very well the seriousness and destructiveness of the disease. If an alternative therapy proved to offer their patients a better way to care for their disease, all would welcome the therapy. To conclude that the doctors of the Diabetes Team are "so negative" because they will not endorse unproven theories is a mistake.


Answer from Dr. Quick, the Medical Director:

We have previously answered other questions about Alternative Therapies and Explanations and plan to answer additional questions as they come up. Some of the answers might seem harsh to someone who's become a believer in the use of alternative therapies, but it's important to realize that people's lives are at stake, and a realistic look at the merits (or lack of merits) of proposed alternative therapies is critical for our children and friends who live with diabetes.

Personally, my main concern about using "alternative products" is to be sure that the patient who's using the product is making a fully-informed decision, to either use it together with standard medical recommendations, or to use it instead of standard medical therapy. I cannot advise that a child be given these alternative therapies under any circumstances (other than a randomized clinical trial where the parents have given informed consent, and the research protocol has been approved by an independent reviewing agency). These products are not harmless; they do cost money, they might delay appropriate therapy, they might (rarely) do harm, and they might raise false hope.


Original posting 13 Oct 96


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