Love is Tough Enough
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
  JDRF So Far Away From Those Who Need Help

At this link a sorry story of special interests who ignore the truth. Mike could not even get this published in some places (talk about censorship). Mr. Fumento is a regular contributor to the Scripps Howard News Service. Despite this fact, Scripps Howard has refused to run this column. The author says he has reason to believe this is because of opposition expressed by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to Scripps Howard, urging them not to run this column. According to Mr. Fumento," JDRF contacted Scripps Howard about this column without ever having seen it and before Scripps had even received it" Bestselling author Mike Fumento writes: "Diabetes Foundation Loses its Way."

From Do No Harm: The Coalition of Americans for Research Ethics For more research on this subject.
The slick
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International flyer that appeared in Sunday newspapers throughout the country showed a little girl on monkey bars with her hand just inches from the next bar. "The cure is so close we can almost touch it," her accompanying mother says. Likewise, JDRF Chairwoman Mary Tyler Moore proclaimed in a recent TV commercial, "We are so close to finding a cure."
So wrong. JDRF is the world's largest
juvenile diabetes philanthropy, distributing over $85 million in grants last year. Yet it supports no efforts that could lead to a cure any time soon for this blinding and crippling disease that afflicts as many as 1.7 million Americans. Instead it's become a lobby for controversial embryonic stem cell research and refuses to help fund the only study that could soon bring a cure.
Don't take my word for it. On the
JDRF website's "stem cell information" page you'll find more links to ESC advocacy articles, editorials/Op-Eds and testimonies than a German wurst-maker has links.
"For further information" it refers readers to a single group – the
Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research. But the only research CAMR seeks to advance concerns embryos; indeed, it's the nation's largest ESC lobbying group. JDRF was one of the eight founding members of CAMR in 2000 and the 2001 CAMR chairman was Lawrence Soler, currently a vice-president with the JDRF.
JDRF's chairman of program development,
Gail Pressberg, is a senior fellow for the left-wing Civil Society Institute, which periodically releases slanted-question polls to persuade the federal and state governments to spend more on ESC research. Speaking of one such poll intended to support a New Jersey ESC bond initiative, Pressberg said in a press release: "This survey shows widespread support in New Jersey for letting the public decide the fate of state funding for stem-cell research." As ESC backers so often do, she left out the word "embryonic" to obfuscate the issue.
The top item on JDRF's "
issue information" page is "Embryonic Stem Cell Research," with subcategories like Progress with Embryonic Stem Cell Research. It also bashes what many see as an alternative that's both medically superior and carries no moral baggage – adult stem cells. Its "Limitations of Adult Stem Cell Research" link is packed with such disinformation as "Adult stem cells cannot be induced to develop into any cell type." In fact, since 2002 at least four different labs have published results indicating they can.
Now try the
American Diabetes Association website. You won't see glorification of ESCs or bashing of ASCs. Those quaint folk only seem to care about diabetes, not politics.

If want to support ESC research, send a check to JDRF. But if want a cure for diabetes, you may as well send it here. Picture of a toilet follows at the link.

By no means do all the members of JDRF buy into the ESC propaganda, but they are muzzled by the higher-ups. One form parents were forced to sign to attend the JDRF Children's Congress of 2003 stated: "If there is discussion of such controversial topics as embryonic stem-cell research, I will either embrace the JDRF legislative position on such topics or will not work against the JDRF position."
The JDRF also contributed $1 million to California's
Proposition 71, which will funnel $3 billion in state funds to ESC researchers. Rep. Michael Castle, R.-Del., an ardent ESC research advocate, told the National Journal's Neil Munro that JDRF's ESC promotion is "the best lobbying campaign I've ever seen."
The ESC obsession "just flies in the face of their mission," insists Larry Raff, a former JDRF fundraiser and now president of the
Autoimmune Disease Research Foundation. Raff and his wife have actually donated embryos for experimentation. But he knows what any honest ESC researcher will tell you – that if ESCs ever translates into any human therapy it won't within the decade. "So close?"
as I've written previously, Harvard researcher Dr. Denise Faustman was the first to cure diabetes in mice and now seeks funds for a clinical trial to replicate her fantastic results in humans. Thrice she has applied to JDRF; thrice they have rejected her. Never mind her impeccable credentials and that she even reviewed grants for JDRF.
Her transgression seems to be that her treatment involves restoring dead
insulin-producing cells in the pancreas with ASCs already present in the body. Despite what the JDRF would have you think there have already been tremendous breakthroughs in ASC therapy, with over 80 treatments and almost 300 human clinical trials underway – versus zero treatments or trials for ESCs. Still, nothing would belie the false claims of ESC lobbyists more than curing diabetes with ASCs.
Of course there may be other reasons for rejecting Faustman, but JDRF won't say what they are. They refused to let me interview them, specifically citing my prior writings favorable to ASC research. Curious, that.
Former top Time Warner executive J. Richard Munro once chaired the JDRF board but is now bitter towards the group and sits on the board of Raff's organization instead. "I'm a huge fan of Denise [Faustman] and simply cannot understand why JDRF won't fund her," he told me. "For 25 years my two sons have been diabetic and it's maddening that nothing has changed."
Nor will it, if we count on the "so close" JDRF.
Thanks for posting that-I wasn`t aware of it!

I`m a type II diabetic, and I have always contributed to both organizations; now I know where to send my money!
Thanks for the all the comments on these last two postings. I have literally been under the weather here in Arizona with the 'Monsoon' we have been having this year. We have violent dust and thunderstorms nearly every evening combined with the heat and humidity has really curtailed my online time. The air conditioning needs some major (estimated at six hundred dollars worth) cleaning and re-installation due to the poor design. Which at the moment makes it very inefficient and temperatures in the house can get as high as eighty-five degrees F during the afternoon when it is up to 115 degress F outside in the shade. (Thank God for the swimming pool)I also have had type two diabetes for over seventeen years and know the frustration of insulin resistance. May they continue to develop treatments for this insideous disease.
I was wondering why you were missing Al. You have been missed. I check in almost daily to see if you posted something new. There are lots of factors to Juvenile Diabetes and some real possibilities that immunizations contribute to getting it. That will be kept hush-hush, too.
Another thing that is kept hush-hush is that you can get rid of Type II with a change of diet and exercise. That one the drug and medical industry don't want you to know. If you go to you can read lots of testimonies of people getting rid of their type 2 diabeters. Of course, it is a drastic change and we are so addicted to our food that many are not willing to make such a simple change to regain their health. I guess it is like salvation - there are lots that say it can't be so simple.
Love and shalom,
Al, good to see you're still posting... I know why they won't fund the promising research - if they actually come up with a cure, they'll stop getting money!
I read the article that you gave the link to for me. I'm sorry, but he did not convince me. For one thing, he is an MD and they do not study nutrition and they think that any kind of natural healing is quackery. They are bought by the pharmaceutical industry and are just their drug pushers and if that doesn't work, they cut or radiate. They don't heal. I know the Healer, and I know that He uses simple means to heal our bodies when we follow them. There is a body of evidence out there that our food is so important to our health. But that doesn't generate money for as many pockets or make them rich. I'm not promoting any program over going to the One who made us and asking Him what we should do when we are ill. He will give answers, because He has promised His wisdom to all who ask and He is YHWH-Rapha, our Healer.
Love and shalom,
Thanks Serena, I remember that Daniel and his fellow princes proved that their diet was superior while they were being trained to the sevice of the Babalonian King. Do rember that story from the book of Daniel? Was that a kosher diet? I wonder if any tradition is passed down in Jewish families about that.
Post a Comment

<< Home

Location: Yuma, Arizona, United States

Salty Veteran who was brought to his knees by the power of God's love.

March 2005 / April 2005 / May 2005 / June 2005 / July 2005 / August 2005 / September 2005 / October 2005 / November 2005 / December 2005 / January 2006 / February 2006 / March 2006 / April 2006 / June 2006 /

Powered by Blogger