November 30, 2012

Was This a Memorable Diabetes Month?

Ho-hum, I'm glad this month is over. I had hopes that some ideas would come to fruition, but the American Diabetes Association and JDRF could care less about any idea that might unify the message and present a uniform symbol for diabetes. Unless the ADA gets all the glory, do not expect them to agree with the IDF or JDRF. JDRF on the other hand does not wish to be associated with anything but type 1 diabetes. These two organizations are so full of themselves that they don't realize how insignificant they are in the scheme of things. When the USA is the only country that thumbs their nose at the rest of the world, they had better wake up and realize that the world is much larger than they are. I would not feel upset if the rest of the diabetes organizations in the world excluded them from all activities.

Riva Greenberg has an excellent blog from November 13, 2012 about the lack of unity for a diabetes symbol. She covers the disparity of opinions very well.  I will add that Diabetes Mine informed us of the choices ADA makes in raising funds and paying Ohio telemarketing firm InfoCision 78 percent of the money raised for ADA. Then the ADA has the gall to say they did not do anything wrong. If some people are reading the blog by Mike H(oskins), they may decide the ADA does not need their money. If the funds dry up, ADA may learn a lesson – but do not count on it.

I don't pretend to understand the rivalry between the ADA and JDRF, but from past information, the ADA likes to abscond with the credit for anything done by other organizations and ride roughshod over other organizations. If it wasn't for the few good things (and I emphasize few) that the ADA does do, I would say let the ADA go out of existence. The many bad things they do are starting to heavily out-weigh the good. The ADA still does not realize their one size fits all mantra is for the average person with diabetes. The rest of us that are not average are told to comply and go with the flow. This is the primary reason I do not like the ADA and the organizations that adhere to the guidelines issued by the ADA.

On November 15, 2012, the ADA sent out an email asking people to write their congressional legislators and urge them to put the reauthorization of the Special Diabetes Program (SDP) on their final to-do list. Then they paint a broad picture of the good this funding is doing for type 1 diabetes. Can't let anything be credited to the JDRF. Next, they tell us the “Native American and Alaska Native communities – which are disproportionately impacted by type 2 diabetes – SDP programs have been a lifesaving tool in the fight against diabetes.” I have to wonder what happened to the Hispanic community and other minorities, why they were left out of the conversation. Finally, the email states, “Fortunately, momentum is on our side. Most of our country’s Representatives and Senators have said they support reauthorizing SDP.” I am left wondering of any of the funds go into the ADA coffers.

As a result, I wrote my representative and two senators to support SDP, but to withhold any funds that might find their way to the ADA. I used the article from Business Week to explain my reasons for requesting this. I did hear from one senator saying he was not aware of the misdeeds of the ADA, but that he would have his staff look into it. My senator said his staff confirmed everything and more, but would only say he was not sure what would happen or when. I am happy the more was not explained, as I would have been likely to have blogged about it.

Is this blog a vent against the ADA? Not entirely, I want to include all the diabetes organizations that are so enchanted with their own importance that they cannot or will not unite behind the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) in adopting one unified symbol for the battle against diabetes. This is one time I will have to give the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) a pass as they have adopted the blue circle of the IDF.

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