Ruth and all,
Asking your chiropractor about
diabetes is like asking your plumber about
auto repair. I would never take any medical advice concerning diabetes from a chiropractor. They have absolutely NO training in this area. Your dentist knows more about
diabetes than a chiropractor... in fact your veterinarian knows more about
this disease than a chiropractor!
Chiropractors may have their place in a person's overall health but they should not be consulted about
things that are not in their realm of practice. Sorry if I sound peeved here but I get upset with some people who wear white coats and speak as if they know more than they do.
And as far as the drug company conspiracy theory... People who work for the drug companies have diabetes, too. They have parents and grandparents and babies and children with type 1 and type 2 diabetes who are on dialysis, who are blind, who have lost limbs. How much money would it take for someone to hold back a cure if they had one for their own child or parent? I just can't buy into this whole anti-medication movement. Just my 2¢ here but it seems like when I was young our generation (60's-70's) would put just about
anything into our bodies and now they are all about
'natural' and anti-pill, anti-treatment. Sorry to be so grumpy about
this but it really burns my biscuits!
I do believe that medication is waaaaay too expensive. I'll give you that! I have no insurance and am finding it difficult at times to purchase my meds. But to believe that the companies are trying to create artificial markets for their meds by getting the standard glucose numbers changed doesn't even make sense to me. If the numbers for diagnosis had been at this level thirty years ago when my fasting sugars were running 120 - 130 I would have had a lifestyle change back then. Instead, I blindly carried on with my regular course of action and now have neuropathy in my feet, some kidney damage and eye changes... and I've started insulin to help keep my numbers down.
For a diabetic to attain lower numbers means changing eating patterns, exercise patterns, stress levels, and even drinking. To ignore the numbers as I did 10 years ago when I was finally diagnosed was stupid on my part but I wish the numbers would have seemed more alarming to me. My damage all happened at pretty average and low levels... Even when I was treating with diet alone my glycohemoglobins were never higher than 6.0. I hate this disease and the way it's always there at every bite I put in my mouth... counting, counting, counting... but at least I can see the food I'm counting. My father-in-law couldn't. He's the one that really got me to pay attention. LIke I said... sorry to be so grumpy, just having a bad day.
~ Jeannie "People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in
, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross