November 15, 2011

Diabetes and alternative treatments


The passing of Steve Jobs became a world wide event, and much of it has been around the possibility that if he stayed with conventional treatment instead of his alternative therapy, he would still be alive. According to Job’s biographer, Steve has been a lifelong practitioner of alternative medicines and diet. When he was younger, he believed ( despite everyone else’s complaint ) that his diet would prevent him from having body odor.

I read recently that Ray Kurtzweil, famous futurist / inventor / writer, also believed that he can cure his T2 diabetes through diet alone.

As a type 2 diabetic, I understand these struggles. Unlike type 1, we don’t really have the clear cut diagnosis. Where does T2 come from? How could we have identified it early? Is it diet? Is it a problem at a cellular level? There are so much contradictory information out there.

By accepting conventional treatment, you must also accept the conventional diagnosis. That is the hardest part and possibly the reason why so many T2 are in denial. It puzzles me why Ray Kurtzweil would forgo conventional treatment. As a computer scientist, he should understand that he best chance is to work with the thousands of researchers for a cure instead of defying decades of research for unproven technics that are not scrutinized by peer review.