Originally posted by InFriNiTee
Replacing insulin isn't a "cure"
That's why I placed "cure" in quotation marks, to point out that it isn't really a "cure", but rather the best thing we currently have, and it
allows people to live relatively normal lives.
Replacing the beta cells of the pancreas without the body attacking them or being able to keep them isolated from the rogue T-Cells that
attack the beta cells is the only true cure to type 1 diabetes.
Sadly, this is impossible with all currently existing technology.
The "insulin" that they make from recombining the dna (GMO) of e-coli bacteria is not the same thing as the pro-insulin that the body makes
which has C-Peptide. That's what leads to conditions such as hypoglycemia unawareness which affects approximately 17% of all type 1 diabetics
specifically. Also, the lack of C-Peptide can over the years reduce peripheral circulation to the extremities (I have read more than 1 medical study
for both topics mentioned above).
Recombinant DNA technology isn't the same thing as GMO, actually. Several of the insulins now used in medical practice are human-based, with only
minor changes to allow them to be used in bioreactors, which use yeast, not E. coli.
Another thing that bothers me is the fact that they use meta-cresol to preserve the insulin, which is a highly carcinogenic chemical and is
dangerous. A lot of doctors would say, "There's only 30mg to the whole bottle, and a small amount of something toxic is ok." I disagree.
Certainly, m-cresol has risks. But the alternative to this is having insulin with an incredibly short shelf-life, and which is VERY prone to bacterial
and fungal contamination. If I were diabetic and had to choose between a miniscule chance of an injection site reaction or major side effect from
m-cresol versus the very real chance of developing an abscess or systemic infection from my insulin injections, I would probably take the m-cresol.
They've been saying since 1922 that this will be cured "in the next 5 years or so." Yeah right. I am not drinking any of the
I don't think I've ever heard someone say type 1 diabetes will be cured in the next 5, 10, or even 15 years. At least, not anyone with medical or
biological training. I can't really account for what people outside the field say, since they don't have any real knowledge of the issue.
All I can say is no wonder it burns like heck when injecting the insulin subcutaneously!
Honestly, that's probably the phenol, not the m-cresol.
The pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly made the first insulin analogue (synthetic). While I am grateful that they make this fake insulin, it is a
disease that should've been cured by now.
And how would you suggest we cure it? The pancreas isn't really a solid-tissue organ like the liver or the heart. It's a fairly delicate collection
of glandular islets, all of which are incredibly vascular, Transplants have been attempted and failed, owing to the nature of the organ.
If you want to see the best shot at a cure that might be in the future, see the link in my signature. I just hope that Dr. Shapiro and his team
will be allowed to get it to the mainstream.
If they produce results, they will be "mainstream". If they don't produce results, they'll just be another in a long line of quacks. There's
really only two types of medicine: medicine that works and the rest. I don't care who "created" a therapy, as long as there is data to support
it's efficacy and safety.