It’s my 500th post and I have been wrestling with some musings over ethics and the medical world of research. As was the case with my 100th post, I feel like I want to do something a little off my beaten path.
If you’ll bear with me and wade through this post, I’d really enjoy seeing other people’s thoughts.
A couple months back I got my hands on both Dr. Brownlee’s Banting Award presentation and his Diabetologia journal article. I am hoping that I’m not violating anything by posting them in my documents here on Juvenation but I think they involve work every diabetic should, at least, review. Dr. Brownlee believes he may have found a unified mechanism responsible for the complications brought on by diabetes. He also has found an intervention that appears (in the now early human trials) to stop (and in some cases reverse) the complications and effect all of the pathways significantly. The worst of the four pathways, if I am reading it correctly is “only” improved by about a 40% improvement. The study is straight bio-chemistry and clinical significance will surely need to be tested an more things vetted but I think it is some of the most exciting science I have seen since I was diagnosed.
I believe that if a drug company had this as an early trial, the fact that they needed to recoup research dollars coupled with an obligation to stock holders would have had the sales reps out educating doctors across the nation at an amazing rate. But it is not a drug company trial, it was a JDRF study and they are being responsible and conservative and that is fine… BUT the intervention is to use a pair of OTC freely available, non-toxic supplements with lengthy history of safety in years of human use.
I would encourage everyone to read the two papers. My quandary is this:
How do we make it financially appealing to get developing and promising scientific findings into the hands of physicians without tainting the science or further corrupting the marketplace?
I stumbled on this one – I am betting there is other good science and self-care information that I’ve not yet found and I am not sure where the best spots are to begin looking because there is SO much information out there…
Anyhow, there is my “500 rant”
I am grateful for ya’ll bearing with me and I look forward to your thoughts and insights!
For quick reference the papers are here: