Letter from the President
Diabetes Alternative Research and Healthcare Foundation was established to meet the critical need for funding research which can help clarify the efficacy and effectiveness of complementary and alternative therapies to develop cures and innovative methods for treating diabetes and its many complications.
A 2012 Jeff Hays documentary film entitled “Doctored” reveals the astounding statistic that while the U.S. only makes up 5% of the world’s population, we actually consume over 50% of all the world’s pharmaceutical drugs.
Although the documentary is focused on describing the struggles of chiropractors trying to be recognized as authentic health professionals, this documentary details a “deliberate campaign to label anyone who doesn’t sell or distribute drugs, surgery, or radiation as a quack”.
No one would deny that there is a place for conventional medicine, such as when you have a serious injury that sends you to a trauma center where your life can be saved with the best medicine available anywhere in the world. However, that should not be an excuse for the conventional medical establishment and pharmaceutical industry to suppress or ridicule safe, legitimate, and effective alternative or complementary practices such as acupuncture or chiropractic as well as the use of nutritional supplements.
Some of our efforts this past year to support the role of complementary therapies that can improve the health of people with diabetes have included funding a study at St.Michael’s Hospital in Toronto where Dr. Vladimir Vuksan is testing the use of gingeng to treat diabetic hypertension and Dr. Larson’s research into the role of Vitamin D in preventing and treating Type 2 diabetes at the Henry Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine. In addition we are funding a novel study at the University of Florida where Dr. YanPing Zhang is studying how the natural antioxidant CoQ10 can be used to treat and prevent painful diabetic neuropathy.
We are so thankful for all the generous public support that enables us to fund these and the other studies summarized in this annual report.
Jane DeVane, NP, MS, RD, Diabetes Educator