Diabetes Blogger Lawsuit Challenges "Censorship"

By MHoskins2179 Latest Reply 2014-12-04 12:12:27 -0600
Started 2012-06-05 10:02:01 -0500

Hey everyone!

I thought this post over at DiabetesMine might generate some discussion in our diabetes online community. It's about the line between sharing stories and personal tips online versus giving out advice that might normally be something licensed dieticians or nutritionists give out.

What do you think?


Thanks, Mike!

10 replies

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2012-06-05 11:26:24 -0500 Report

I think this is a very thought provoking read, and must say I very strongly agree with this statement:
" Just one example from his site that bothers me: “For Type 2 Diabetics, controlling diabetes with diet is possible. EVERY person that follows this meal plan reduces drugs and insulin. Every single person… many wean off drugs and insulin completely.” "

I like to refer to it as the "Only My Way Will Work" syndrome which lately seems to what is preached by some of the members of our group, this is becoming a turn off to me and I'm sure I'm not the only one.
We are all different in every way, our health and mental issues all differ, we all have different stress levels, some can get out and exercise, for some of us this is no longer a possibility, some have no worries as to what it cost to eat as one should, anyone who says it doesn't cost more to eat healthy has never lived on a limited fixed income. Just our geographic areas present different plus and minus in the way we have to live, the biggest difference we all have in common is the amount of support we receive, or don't receive from our families.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-06-06 21:30:22 -0500 Report

So true, all we can do is try to make the best with what we have at our disposal. We all have different circumstances and support systems, but fighting to get to the same healthy place in common:)

Lizardfan 2012-06-05 22:15:10 -0500 Report

What a great post Old! I love your comments about each of us is different, with other factors that influence how we can respond to our diabetes. I just read to learn, and take my doc's counsel to heart. He is the expert, and I just keep on trying to do my best.

Controlled 2012-06-05 12:50:25 -0500 Report

This is interesting, but look at the "Home Page" of this site. Prominently placed on is "Three ways to “Defeat” Almost Any Chronic Disease, Part 3" by "Pharmacist George." I am "controlled" without medication, but even I find it amazing that many of us post that diabetes can't be "reversed" yet the site itself promotes that it can. It is no small wonder why people with this condition, and their caregivers, are confused.

As a correlate to your post, it is interesting that another site/blog is embroiled in defending the information that it posted and this site seemingly is doing something similar. I really like coming to this site and many of us frequently post. I've learned a lot but I couldn't help but notice this conradiction.

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2012-06-05 13:22:08 -0500 Report

Controlled, Thank You for the reply, I have been a member of this site from last September and have learned very much and made many good friends, some of which will be friends for life, but as the site and members are always changing, it seems to have moved away from making friends to getting as many "followers" as you can to the what you preach . diabetes is controllable but unfortunately for you and me not reversible or curable what ever the difference might be.

Controlled 2012-06-05 13:46:13 -0500 Report

To my way of thinking, "controlled" means that you don't suffer detrimental health symptoms either with or without medication. I am scrupulous with my diet and exercise much more than I like to, but I'm not on medication for this condition. To me that is controlled. Should I cease doing either or both of these things, my BG will increase and more of the challenges associated with diabetes will continue, or advance. Controlled means asymptomatic. It does not mean I no longer have the condition. Should I resume the lifestyle that I had prior to this diagnosis, I would resume the conditions that got me to this site.

I really liked your original post. I absolutely agree with you, some people have more support than others. I can only imagine how helpful that would be.

Nick1962 2012-06-05 10:48:11 -0500 Report

Mike, we did this one last week, but maybe others have some new thoughts now.

MHoskins2179 2012-06-05 13:47:07 -0500 Report

Thanks for that reply, Nick. Much appreciated. So that original post, but wanted to update since there's been some action since that original newspaper story in late April. And really like the discussion generated so far… Interesting issues we face in this 21st century, indeed.

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