From David Mendoza on Diabetes Scams and how to foil them

By jayabee52 Latest Reply 2015-04-21 15:17:47 -0500
Started 2015-01-31 22:45:22 -0600

It seems like every day there is some new website which claims miracle cures for Diabetes. There is some new proceedure or protocol or supplement which claims to cure diabetes, some claim they can cure Type 1 in as little as 13 weeks.

David Mendoza is a man for whom I have a lot of respect. and he has posted the following in a Health Central Email which came into my Yahoo inbox today.

Many of the long timers here on DC have already seen a lot of these scams, but I thought it good to bring awareness to some of the newer members as well.


So what do you think of this article?
Do you have anything to add?

God's best to all y'all


81 replies

RogerF73 2015-02-07 19:26:17 -0600 Report

Thanks for sharing James. There's a lot of misinformation and people who try to take advantage. I personally believe there will be a cure soon (5-10 years) for type 1. However for those with type 2, there is are no "shortcuts" when it comes to managing the disease. Getting off one's bottom and exercising and dieting. I've read about several supplements that don't cure, but rather help in managing blood sugars. But there are a lot that are talcum powder and snake oil.

MaxieFo 2015-02-03 13:11:26 -0600 Report

Good article. It is sad to say, but unfortunately in today's society many people are looking for quick fixes for everything. There are no quick fixes for diabetes. Once one is diagnoised one has to do the work to maintain healthy glucose levels or suffer the consequences.

rangerlina 2015-02-03 01:51:46 -0600 Report

I would hope that ALL people with diabetes would discuss any new idea with their endocrinologist before deciding to try these things. (Or primary caregiver, if no endocrinologist.) Your doctor will know how to guide you, hopefully, and anything that sounds too good to be true, is. :) It is also fairly easy to research something you hear about, as well.

jayabee52 2015-02-07 22:52:40 -0600 Report

Only a lot of times the scammers have already made it so hard to find info which calls their claims into question. They seem to flood the internet with positive stories about how the particular product or protocol has helped them greatly.

rangerlina 2015-02-08 03:17:17 -0600 Report

I guess it is important to know how to research properly, and to know what sites to trust and what not to trust, maybe? For instance, look for information on diabetes sites, and official sites only. I guess maybe I am just completely skeptical, but I don't believe any of these sites and claims I see on TV, or read an advertisement about. I guess common sense should play a part in it, maybe, because even though we all really want the fairytale ending and an easy fix, common sense does usually tell us that the real ways to take care of this disease is proper use of medications, diet, exercising, testing blood sugars and being realistic. I know it is not always easy, and have been taken with diabetic fatigue several times, and get so disgusted I don't want to bother doing things the right way. Even so, I know better. I think if a cure comes about the word will likely get out one way or another, even though I imagine the drug companies may rather it didn't. :)

Kerry 2015-02-02 15:34:10 -0600 Report

Excellent article by Mr. Mendoza. I just wish all diabetics were aware of the scam industry, their dishonesty and damage they do to those seeking false hope.

momofbelle 2015-02-02 10:39:54 -0600 Report

I have been wondering about the "ads" I have received. Being a skeptic at heart I try to question all of them. This article helps support my "I wonder" attitudee.

GabbyPA 2015-02-02 09:19:40 -0600 Report

This is so sad but so very true. There are far more scams out there than helpful treatments. People want your money, it all kind of comes down to that. I do want to caution though, that pharmaceutical companies and even some doctors, work on the same premise. So you have to be aware all the way around and take time to find what works for you personally.

There are some that have living proof that what they offer may not cure, but can certainly help. Those are the ones I am more inclined to look into. Or if I know someone personally who has had success with something. That is why I often ask about things here that I see, to find out if anyone has used it. How it worked for them.

Do we all remember the carb blockers that were all the rage and got a lot of attention here on DC? I was given a free bottle by a friend of mine who was selling it. I didn't believe in it, but took it anyway. No effect. Maybe it was my "negative" outlook on it, but there is way more out there that doesn't work than does. What works best are good diet and exercise ethics. That is why I am far more inclined to look at those trends rather than pills.

I will say though, that I don't want people to stop looking for something that will cure it. It doesn't have to come from a subsidized pharmaceutical company or biased clinical trials. It can come from someones mistake in the kitchen. As long as it is being looked for, I'm all good with that.

testalot 2015-02-01 21:28:04 -0600 Report

lol…hark-ins back 2 the wagon seller days of miracle tonics and elixirs. What i feel sure of though, is that there are legitimate cures for many diseases but when the cost of long term treatment is more profitable than an outright cure… well, the sick will always pay. economy as a whole is sociopath that cares only for its own growth. sad but true.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-02-01 16:57:00 -0600 Report

Hi Sweetie,
I don 't go for any scams etc. on-line or anywhere else. I simply report it if it's done here on DC or wherever. I worry for the newly DX. diabetics. They are already frightened and anything that looks like a good, quick fix might just work is their thinking.. Of course ,we that have already been there, done that and know and know the truth. I just feel its better that we get it taken off site. and try to guide the new ones through it. As quickly as possible. I remember back to those early days, I would have gone through some sort of scan then to have to face the rest of my life as a diabetic. Now I'm not saying all newbies thinking runs this way. But a great many do. I do believe a
good education is half the battle. This discussion has been a
great start.. Thank you for posting this discussion it's really
Important this information be put out there.
Love U

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-02-01 21:41:07 -0600 Report

Val there are long term diabetics who thinks some of the scams out there are real. They think the ad that says cure diabetes is real. When will people get it that there is no cure for diabetes and when that happens it will be all over the news and not some ad on line. You also won't have to pay to get the information for the cure.

jayabee52 2015-02-01 19:05:08 -0600 Report

Yes of course sweetie. Yes there is a desire at first Dx to make it go away in any which way we can.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-02-03 23:18:31 -0600 Report

Hi Sweetie,
Of course you and Joyce are right. I didn't' mean

to leave anyone out of this discussion. Of course there are plenty of long time diabetics looking for a quick fix. My only excuse is that I had a high fever
with the flu when I posted that. Hope you understand. …
Love U

Skatinlayton 2015-02-01 16:40:00 -0600 Report

Thanks James. The colom has some good advice. Too many times I see or hear of people being scammed on the internet. Be careful and most of all, be smart. There is NO easy way out of this.

Grandmama16 2015-02-01 16:38:33 -0600 Report

How do we check things out?. I went thru a whole presentation on a supplement and really didn't believe it and now can't remember what it was but it started out with how we're caused to be addicted to sugar and then substitutes by big food companies. M.A.

Berna2223 2015-02-01 14:30:00 -0600 Report

I never believe anything at face value. I also have a room mate that looks up everything to make sure it's true thing. Thanks for watching out for all of us on her.

StephD143 2015-02-01 08:57:26 -0600 Report

thought I would add this. I read this a while ago definitely helped me make a more informed decision:

RogerF73 2015-02-07 19:30:22 -0600 Report

good stuff and with the recent revelations about generic supplements from Target and Walmart that have discovered as not having what they advertise, this is very relevant. How can one be sure what they are getting in their supplements?

StephD143 2015-02-11 19:28:08 -0600 Report

Hi Roger! Yea, it's really hard when buying online because a lot of companies don't list important information. What I do when I'm buying ANYTHING is check if the manufacturing facility is FDA approved and GMP certified. The supplement I am taking now, CinnaLife has all of it listed on their site. What I read was that the facilities manufacturing the products that were sold in Target and Walmart where not regulated by the FDA :o Good luck!

Cherokeemaiden 2015-02-01 08:57:12 -0600 Report

Very good article, James, thanks for sharing it. There are tons of scammers out there and a new one is born every day. We have to be really careful on what we read and believe. That's why I like this website…so full of GOOD information.

jayabee52 2015-02-01 16:20:37 -0600 Report

Howdy cherokee
a scammer is born every day because a new sucker is born every minute. If we refuse to fall for the line of bullpuckey they try to sell there is just that fewer "marks" to buy their snake oil and dreams.

AliceJay 2015-02-01 08:52:41 -0600 Report

I am very aware of many of these scams, but people will still fall for them if there is a glimmer of hope. I have tried a few things advertised (not anything related to diabetes, though), and fortunately, I was able to get my money refunded (I will only try something if there is a money back guarantee). Nothing EVER worked. After trying SENSA and following the directions exactly as given, I gained weight. Then there was the Garcinia Cambogia product touted by Dr, Oz which was terrible. I didn't lose any weight with that product either. I even sent away for a shaping garment that was supposed to give the wearer a better shape and look ten pounds thinner. Forget this one, as it didn't even make me look one pound thinner. Also, instead of it shaping my figure, it made it look boxy. So, after all of these "scam" products, I lost my weight the old fashioned way. I exercised, watched my carbs, and ate healthy. I have kept the weight off for a couple of years now and look good. However, I still want to lose a few more pounds. I am through ordering stuff i see on TV and in magazines.

StephD143 2015-02-01 08:59:31 -0600 Report

how funny, I did the body shaper too a while back. My problem wasn't that it didn't work, I JUST COULDN'T BREATH! I did the Dr. Oz for Garcenea too :( so dissapointed. I always saw him as such a trustworthy informant…oh well. I personally didn't try SENSA but I know a few people that did. One had the same outcome as you but his blood pressure also sky rocketed when he never suffered from that!

jayabee52 2015-02-01 16:17:00 -0600 Report

Steph and Alice
I have never seen Oz as a respectable source of medical (or other) information. I have always considered him to be a shill, a media whore, on sale to the highest bidder.

StephD143 2015-02-01 08:38:10 -0600 Report

what a fantastic article & thank you for sharing! I agree, the internet is a VERY scary & dangerous thing. I do what most recommended or mentioned here. I ALWAYS check with my primary and my endo. Better to be safe. I also ALWAYS make sure that if I"m taking something new or want to buy something off the internet that the ingredients are listed clearly on the site and on the bottles. I hate some of these sites that have powder formulas but NEVER give you the quantities of these AMAZING BREAKTHROUGHS.
Speaking of FDA, I also read that if you are going to use or buy something to always make sure they show their accreditation's, like if they were made in an FDA regulated facility and if that facility is certified and by which organizations. I just feel that the more info is on the site and the more transparent the company makes themselves the better. I hate websites that give you limited information with a LOT of promises. I always like the extremely honest, black and white sites. I remember I bought some Garcenia Cambogio (sorry for spelling) back years ago when it appeared on Dr. Oz. I thought if Dr. Oz is advertising it it HAS TO BE 100%. I followed Dr. Oz suggestions on which one to get and found a site online. There was barely ANY information on the site. It just seemed through the website would just repeat the same thing over and over again. I still bought it for the "promise of weight loss" in a moment of desperation. Anyways, $80 later I was still the same weight :( not only that but apparently they sold my information because I started getting bombarded with calls/emails of other supplements. When I asked how they got my information (because I'm on a do not call list) they told me I had agreed when purchasing the supplement a few months prior. UUHHGGGG. That experience taught me a lesson. I became VERY skeptic about supplements or buying anything really online. Not that long ago I was introduced to the concept of diabetic multivitamins which raised alarms and red flags. I did so much research before buying the one I'm on today but I'm happy I went through with it. I feel it has done wonders. They respond right away when I've contacted them. They send me important information about diabetes and they check in on me to see how my progress is going. If nothing else it feels like they are helping me try to make a difference in my lifestyle. I even got a really cute magnet with my order to put on my fridge with helpful daily tips. I thought that was cute. None the less it's always important to look up reviews, ask around, ASK YOUR DOCTOR, and get all the info you can on ANYTHING you are buying online that you are putting in your body. You only have one so take care of it!

jayabee52 2015-02-03 23:01:45 -0600 Report

When I see or hear the word "Amazing", followed closely with "breakthrough" My BS (and I don't mean blood sugar) detector goes off in my head. I am generally a skeptical person but those two words puts my skepticism into overdrive.

brandy johnson
brandy johnson 2015-02-01 07:51:50 -0600 Report

Thanks for the info James this is great to know especially when ur New to all of this that is the first thing I want to hear we have a cure just do this and that it just makes me mad but I know there isn't it's just about control.

jayabee52 2015-02-01 16:11:54 -0600 Report

When in discussions a couple years ago with a promoter of a book, I asked that promoter to define what he saw as a "cure" for diabetes. I asked him if I could return to the way I was eating before my Dx. He said no one could not. I asked him how did his cure differ from my maintainance plan. He could not give me a good answer.

suecsdy 2015-02-01 06:41:01 -0600 Report

I have seen a few of these presentations and even been tempted, but God gave me a good helping of commen sense. If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is. Wishing won't make it so or we would all be healthy,disease free and thin.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-02-01 06:33:30 -0600 Report

I don't much worry about "miracle cures"…for myself…I am fine..and cant help but think that if a cure was found I would just go back to poisoning my body with copius amounts of soda everyday…so I just buzz past all the hype for crap like that…I do worry about my children and grand children…we have both type 1 and type 2 in my I pray everyday the cure is found…and BTW it grinds my gears when people say there is no cure…YES there is, we just haven't found it yet…

RetiredBear54 2015-02-01 17:03:16 -0600 Report

I think you hit the nail on the head. What most Americans eat is poisoning us. Think about the thousands of different chemicals that go into our food from the farm field to the supper table. It's literally thousands. I think we all know that when you mix chemicals you get something new and different from the ones you started with. With all those millions of potential combinations I think you've probably got your cause of most of the diseases and cancers we have.

battjes 2015-02-01 06:32:38 -0600 Report

I always always check with my Doctor if they haven't heard of it then it isn't out there. My endocrinologist is always up on the latest and we discuss them when ever I see her or I email any questions. If you get the opportunity to get setup on email with your Doctors office do it it is a very valuable asset.

RetiredBear54 2015-02-01 06:29:05 -0600 Report

One thing I've noticed about most of the internet scams. It's usually a Video that pops up for which you have no control over the video other than leaving the page. It's a friendly, soothing reassuring voice and frequently includes what looks like someone drawing things as they speak. It drones on and on, promising a solution. They almost always tell you that you some organization is trying to stop them from offering you their cure so you must act fast before the video is pulled. In the case of Diabetes it's usually the power pharma's that don't want a cure so they can sell you more drugs. You can't fast forward, you can't pause. And finally when they think your resistance is at a minimum they offer you a book or some bottle full of their wonder cure, usually for what is not too outrageous a price. But to get the cure you need to stay on it for 2 or 3 months or longer. And they usually offer a discount if you buy it NOW.

The pharmaceutical companies are just as guilty. They make trillions of dollars every year with drugs that barely work. As the disease progresses, our doctors add one drug after another. Why should they work on a cure?

jayabee52 2015-02-01 16:02:47 -0600 Report

Howdy Bear
one of the things I found out about sites like this is if you go to exit (little red X at upper right) they often give you the chance to stay on the page and read the transcript of the video. I find that much more preferable as it allows me to read at my own pace, and when a point is made I can go back and refer to it, especially when I am debating with a shill on DC promoting the product.

Paprika 2015-02-01 05:14:45 -0600 Report

I do not believe that a cure will come in my lifetime. It may come someday, but I don't know when. I do not buy all the hypes on cures for it. People are mean to do this to those who have this chronic disease, but some people just have no empathy for anybody.

Kygirl2662 2015-02-01 02:54:51 -0600 Report

Great information thanks for sharing Jayabee 52(James)I know theres no cure.I get emails all the freaking time claiming this will cure diabete etc I hate it and its all bull..

harric 2015-02-01 02:09:41 -0600 Report

I am reading a bòok on repairing a fatty liver, it is very interesting , I already don't eat processed foods, make my own bread, do my own cooking also my daughters as she is a fitness trainer at a gym , I dont answer many requests as I have been warned about scams.

RetiredBear54 2015-02-01 17:06:57 -0600 Report

Good question Jayabee. Another is, "how do you know if you have a fatty liver?"

harric 2015-02-02 01:47:28 -0600 Report

I had a scan, everytime I have a blood test they ask if I am a heavy drinker, I don't drink, sothey are keeping a eye on me.i was advised to take milk thistle to help.And change my diet, so I cook all my own food and try not to buy processed it seems to be helping,.

lilleyheidi 2015-02-01 00:56:19 -0600 Report

I think this is great information for all of us to be reminded of. Thanks for posting it. I got one recently sent to me, a new "follow this diet for the cure" ya right, delete! lol, thanks, Heidi

jayabee52 2015-02-01 01:13:06 -0600 Report

I get those all the time Heidi. My reaction is the same as yours, with the exception that I am pretty sure they will look to DC fo seek free advertising, and so I try to familiarize myself with them so I know better how to counter their claims (which is generally not hard to do). When they come on DC, I tell folks what I see wrong with it, and then report them for seeking free advertising. They usually are deleted quite soon after reporting them.

God's best to you

haoleboy 2015-02-01 00:07:54 -0600 Report

Excellent article (as one expects from Mr. Mendoza) … we do indeed have very large targets painted on our backs as does everyone struggling with health issues. Makes it especially tough when the likes of the once respectable Dr.Oz are taking aim at our pockets … I found this article about the recent Green Coffee Bean "scandal" fascinating

jayabee52 2015-02-01 01:05:39 -0600 Report

Steve I never had any respect for Oz. He has been a media whore from when he first started shilling products on TV.

I just read the article to which you linked and if anything it has amplified my negative opinion of Oz.

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-01-31 23:41:16 -0600 Report

There no cure diabetes, its matter of controlling it.Test your about 7 times day, Breakfast, mid morning, lunch, mid afternoon, dinner, 2 hours after dinner.

jayabee52 2015-02-01 01:24:54 -0600 Report

Absolutely correct Allied!
The best we can hope to accomplish at this time is control.

I pray eventually there will be a cure but that, so far has been elusive

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-01 22:48:23 -0600 Report

There no cure, however you can control it with

medication and checking your sugar. Eating properly with a listing of food that a doctor will give you.

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-01 22:48:22 -0600 Report

There no cure, however you can control it with

medication and checking your sugar. Eating properly with a listing of food that a doctor will give you.

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-01 22:48:21 -0600 Report

There no cure, however you can control it with

medication and checking your sugar. Eating properly with a listing of food that a doctor will give you.

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-01 22:47:05 -0600 Report

There no cure, however you can control it with medication and checking your sugar. Eating properly with a listing of food that a doctor will give you.

allied gardens
allied gardens 2015-02-01 22:46:50 -0600 Report

There no cure, however you can control it with medication and checking your sugar. Eating properly with a listing of food that a doctor will give you.