Why Diabetes Advocacy Has a Problem

David Mendosa Health Guide November 08, 2012
  • If we were in the same room, I’d be willing to bet that you didn’t know that November is National Diabetes Month. Why should you?This event comes around every year at this time. I know about it only because public relations people write or call me to publicize something or other in connec...

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  • Gretchen Becker
    Health Guide
    Nov. 09, 2012

    Great sharepost, David.

     

    I agree we need to do what we can to inform people about this disease. But not to the point that we become one-topic bores when we're with our friends.

  • Anonymous
    Fred
    Dec. 08, 2012

    I had to laugh silently when I saw your link to POGO. Of course, at 83 I remember him and am prone to forget younger generations have had little or no chance to meet him. Hopefully may will click on your link and read some American history.

    Fred-Denton TX.

  • Scott K. Johnson
    Nov. 15, 2012

    Great points, all around.  

     

    Thank you!

  • Anonymous
    Scott S
    Nov. 09, 2012

    I would note that some organizations ARE advocating, rather than fundraising, specifically the FAIR Foundation http://www.fairfoundation.org/, which advocates for a reallocation of NIH research dollars so that our tax dollars fund research taking into consideration the incidence, mortality, suffering, morbidity, communicability and  preventability of each...

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    I would note that some organizations ARE advocating, rather than fundraising, specifically the FAIR Foundation http://www.fairfoundation.org/, which advocates for a reallocation of NIH research dollars so that our tax dollars fund research taking into consideration the incidence, mortality, suffering, morbidity, communicability and  preventability of each disease, not simply based on who screams most loudly for the money.  They have not necessarily succeeded in this mission, but they do raise awareness of the misallocation of research dollars, and for that, all of us should support their mission.

    • David Mendosa
      Health Guide
      Nov. 09, 2012

      Dear Scott,

       

      Thanks for your comment. I wasn't aware about the good work that this group is doing.

       

      Namaste,

       

      David

    • Anonymous
      Charlie
      Nov. 13, 2012

      It seems to be a good project, with good intentions. The problem I see with this sentence on their web "Diseases that are presently underfunded will receive increased funding and others that are overfunded will receive fewer allocations." is that diabetes, for instance, might fall under the overfunded, although most of the money goes to prevention/control,...

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      It seems to be a good project, with good intentions. The problem I see with this sentence on their web "Diseases that are presently underfunded will receive increased funding and others that are overfunded will receive fewer allocations." is that diabetes, for instance, might fall under the overfunded, although most of the money goes to prevention/control, not cure. 

       

      Here my 2 cents on this topic: 

      http://www.healing-diabetes.com/world-diabetes-day-2012-gift

  • RobertIA
    Nov. 08, 2012

    David, you are so right!  There is very little advocacy.