Tell Congress to do its job!

By haoleboy Latest Reply 2014-07-17 10:17:53 -0500
Started 2014-07-15 16:12:34 -0500

The appropriations process in Congress has ground to a halt – so we need to tell them to do their job! Funding for diabetes research and prevention programs is critical in the fight to Stop Diabetes. New Centers for Disease Control (CDC) numbers show nearly 30 million people have diabetes and another 86 million have prediabetes.

We cannot allow this to continue.

Tell you Member(s) of Congress below to do their job and complete the funding process for the National Institutes of Health and the CDC for fiscal year 2015.

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25 replies

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-07-17 10:17:53 -0500 Report

I agree that most of our government officials are not doing as good a job as they could or even should. If our veterans can't even get to see a doctor, I don't know how much good it will do, but it won't hurt to try. Prayers that our country will learn to heal it's self and it's people.

evaziem 2014-07-16 09:15:08 -0500 Report

What is exactly do we want the government to do?

haoleboy 2014-07-16 11:00:56 -0500 Report

to fully fund programs for diabetic research and prevention in the FY 2015 budget. details are in the link posted above

evaziem 2014-07-16 11:27:41 -0500 Report

A lot of money would be a good news if not for waste and research fraud…

Billions have been spent and people are more sick than ever.

haoleboy 2014-07-16 11:54:47 -0500 Report

the way I look at it … they are going to waste trillions fighting wars in countries that hate us and want us to leave … how 'bout we spend that money on something that MIGHT help out the people that are footing the bill.
we can just throw up our hands and give up

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-15 19:51:06 -0500 Report

Steve I did that earlier this year and all I got for my efforts was a letter that each person in Congress sends to their constituents.

haoleboy 2014-07-15 20:44:01 -0500 Report

i write my Senators and Representative all the time (huh, who'd a guessed) I have a special file in my email client for all their replies. Once, ONCE I got a real response from my Rep., although I am quite sure it was actually a staffer that wrote.
I understand thatit seems to be futile but (and you can call me Pollyanna) I like to think that if enough people get together we can make a difference. We can vote and we can "lobby" congress. The option is to sit on our hands and bitch. I've been screaming at the government (and voting) since 1972 … a few of us old hippies haven't sold out and still think we can make a difference.


GabbyPA 2014-07-16 06:18:04 -0500 Report

People are the key. I have all my representatives state and federal in my roladex (yes, I still use one of those antiquated things) and I have gotten quite good at making my point with them. I have one state senator who still sends out hand written notes. But I don't write to them to get a response back. I write to them to make them think about what they are doing.

You are right, if we get enough people to do it, our voices can be heard.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-15 20:54:38 -0500 Report

Steve, until they redrew district lines, I was on a first name basis with my state senator and delegates. I had a person in our congressman's office until she retired.

I am on a first name basis with our city council president and city council representative and am friends with them on facebook and twitter both professionally and privately. They groan when they get an emailed complaint from me…LOL

I have also gotten written responses from Congress By the time I got the written response I had forgotten why I wrote.

evaziem 2014-07-15 16:24:09 -0500 Report

This tsunami of diabetes has deep roots in our culture, diet and life style. The government will NOT be able to fix it. There is no way to cure diabetes. If you hear someone say it is, they want your donation.

The only action is to PREVENT new people from become diabetic.
I see one thing the government can help: OUTLAW all sugar!!!!
It's not going to happen…

kindlekm 2014-07-17 08:25:16 -0500 Report

the government itself can't cure it but it CAN fund science to get to the bottom of what causes it and not just the you ate to much sugar or unrefined white wheat and things like that, talking type 1 and type 2

hate the government all you want but private industry doesn't fund much of science the government does so if you want science research to grind to a halt then continue to advocate against government (this is what i perceived in your post i apologize if that isn't your actual belief)

evaziem 2014-07-17 08:32:37 -0500 Report

I am saying that people should find the power in themselves. It's not against the government but about those who do not want to do their part and look for someone else to do their job.

One's health is in one's hands in about 80%, I think. The 20% is heredity and environment that we may not have control over.

And I do what I preach. My husband and I, in our 60s, do not smoke, do not drink except for a small glass of wine occasionally. We exercise and hike with jogging at 9,000 feet elevation EVERY DAY for about 45 minutes.

We do NOT have ANY sugar and only very little fruit. There is NO soda in our house. And no cakes and cookies! No prepared foods.

I make a cup per person of green juice EVERY day. We eat no bread and no any grains. Our meals are meat, fish, eggs with all color veggies, but not starchy ones like potatoes.

We take very carefully selected supplements. I make sauerkraut and water kefir and we buy fermented (no vinegar) pickles for good bacteria.

Mike is 160 and I am 116 lb. We go to bed early and get up very early and we work full time.

My husband has no sugar issues. His 3-month average glucose was 102. I was pre-diabetic in 2010 and this when I implemented this draconian diet. Now my 3-month average glucose is in a normal range and I hope to keep it that way.

My father had diabetes 2 but it was many years ago when there was no internet, no Dr. Mercola and no other doctors who publish information that was NOT available before. And it's all free! My father had no chance. I feel I am so lucky that I can take advantage of this new way of taking our health into our own hands.

theladyiscrazy 2014-07-15 19:25:26 -0500 Report

Sugar, as in refined white sugar, isn't the only culprit and it would not stop diabetes from occurring. It is a myth that "candy and sweets" cause it. Try telling a Type 1 that their diabetes will go away if they stop "sugar" only. Not going to happen, as it is an Auto-immune disease. As far as type 2, many things can contribute to it, including some medications like Prednisone. Not to mention, all carbs would need to be addressed. That covers fruits, vegetables, grains, etc. There is more to it than just "sugar".

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-15 19:44:13 -0500 Report

I was reading the myths about diabetes in a magazine in my doctors office this morning. People tend to blame diabetes on sugar. To me this proves they basically do not really know what they are talking about.

I don't think anyone really knows what causes diabetes since it is an auto-immune disease. As a type 2 my pancreas produces insulin but not enough and my body doesn't do what it should do with the insulin it produces.

Outlawing sugar is not going to ever stop diabetes if it did, animals and babies wouldn't get it. I totally agree with you there are so many things that contribute to diabetes that would have to be addressed.

Type1Lou 2014-07-15 17:37:47 -0500 Report

No thank you, Eva. I cherish my freedom. While I agree with you that many people make unwise choices, I also defend their right to make those choices, provided they do not harm others.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-15 19:46:51 -0500 Report

I agree with you 100%. I also cherish my freedom and the right to make choices. I do not know why people think that a lot of things are not good for us. NO ONE but me decides what is or isn't good for me and because of the rights and freedom to choose, I made the choices on my own.

evaziem 2014-07-15 17:44:04 -0500 Report

I know… The nature is so cruel. What tastes so good, it may not be good for us…

I was not quite serious about outlawing the sugar by the government… Perhaps people will see and choose. I did. :=)

haoleboy 2014-07-15 16:32:03 -0500 Report

I should hope that doesn't happen. At least not in this country … I really like it here and have roots here that go back to the early 1700's … and I'm just too old to move

Outlawing sugar would do nothing to "cure" diabetes
and quite frankly I am surprised (and disappointed) that you are perpetuating that myth.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-15 19:49:46 -0500 Report

Thank you Steve, although my roots are not totally in this country, I plan on staying here until I can raise enough money to move to the Caribbean and open a Nude Beach Bar.

Outlawing sugar is never going to happen. The forefathers of this country showed England what happened with the tax on tea.

Outlawing sugar is no more going to prevent or cure diabetes than catching a moon beam in your hand.

haoleboy 2014-07-15 20:48:07 -0500 Report

my grandparents on my mom's side were first generation Americans … they still spoke Czech around the house