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My guest is Chrystal from L.A.. She is just one of many positive diabetics making a huge difference in the diabetes community. She is a chemist, and diabetic activist. After Chrystal's diagnosis of type 2 diabetes in November 2007, she created SexyDiabetic.com; and donates a good portion of her time connecting and sharing experiences, both inside and outside the online diabetic communities.


Chrystal has shared with us her personal experiences living with diabetes; her role in the diabetic community; some of her current diabetic project she's working on during black history month.


We talked about some of the struggles we we face, getting the African American communities and all other people of color educated on the dangers of diabetes; as well as the fears and discrimination that still exist for diabetics today.


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Richard A. Vaugn


For 2012 I thought it would be wonderful to start the year off with a positive interview!


My guest is Richard A Vaughn. He has written an awesome book called "Beating The Odds - 64 years of Diabetes Health". In this book, he takes us on a journey through his diabetic life.


From the moment he was diagnosed with type 1 at the age of 6, all the way up through completing his masters degree, @ a time when people thought diabetics shouldn't go to college (because diabetes was considered a disability then).


Richard also talks about his wonderful family and grand children, in addition to participating in the Joslin Medalist Study, funded by the JDRF & National Institute of health..


Richard is definitely an inspiration to us all. He has showed us insulin dependent people, how to live healthy emotionally & physically by example, with either no, or the least amount of complications possible; coming from a time when life expectancy for a diabetic was no later than 40 years old.


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You can purchase Richard's book by clicking on the graphic of his book below.




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What's in your headphones? We all know how important exercise is to any diabetic, however, the music you exercise to is also just as important too! Music can make the difference between a 3 minute workout, and a 30 minute workout. Personally, I am an oldies guy, and my musical tastes are pretty eclectic and diverse. The above playlist consist of music I am listening to on my Anddroid when I exercise or power-walk. As my mood changes, so shall the playlist.

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I just happen to catch this video by accident. Although, the guy in this video has directed his message towards the critiques of his music, it eerily mirrors almost exactly what I’ve been going through the last 3 years. Personally, I think that, just as there exist some that would NEVER go to school or do something positive with their lives, the same is true for a hater. I’m beginning to believe that hate is in some people’s DNA. It’s been proven that not every wild animal can be domesticated, so the best thing to do is just stay away from them. As Katt Williams said, the hater’s job is to hate, period. We have to except the fact that there exist in the world people that are incredibly wicked; and have no other desire in life, than to try and make someone they don’t know miserable, for no other real apparent reason, other than the fact that they are wicked. Unfortunately haters have a unwavering need for attention, and because more than likely, they do not posses any other life skills (and live in a bubble), the only way for them to receive that attention, is to try and disrupt another person’s personal space or energy. I think haters spend way too much time focusing on other people, instead of self.

I sooo dig what this guy is saying in his video, and I can easily apply this to my work in the diabetes community. Because, despite the measurable accomplishments I’ve achieved on my blog, there are people that still find the need to nitpick and find something wrong with my video, or spelling, or just choose to take something small, and make it a huge issue (rather than try an grasp my overall message). Yet, the same hater folk are not in the diabetic communities, they’re not reading medical books, reading researching material, they’re not subscribed to any diabetic specific magazines, in fact many are not reading at all. They’re not marching with us at the ADA’s “StepOut” to help cure diabetes (well, why should they? The excuse always is “I don’t have diabetes”), they are not involved in support groups and talking to others who live with the disease 24/7, they’re not involved in the diabetic online communities, they’re not spending time building personal relationships with diabetics. Yet, these same haters claim to know so much about me and my diabetes? Oh really? What have you REALLY done for the diabetic community, other than judge and critique some with a disease that you don’t personally have first hand experience with? Have you spent hours creating edit video? Have you spent years finding unknown diabetic web links and resources for people to take advantage? What’s is your “labor of love” that you have contributed to us? Or is it just you like the sound of your own voice echoing and bouncing across the walls?. Or are you still believing in those magic herbs that have no real scientific, and measurable evidence that it works for any aspect of diabetes (other than what the advertisement says)? Do still believe that Chango, Obatala, Ochun, Elegua, Yemaya, or African’s Saint Barbara, can cure my diabetes? Or maybe I still have diabetes because I did not douse myself with enough Orisha oils? Maybe if I had prayed to Santa Lucy hard enough, I would have never lost my sight in the first place?

Or maybe, it’s simply this… I have recognized the need to also take control of the “earthly” parts of my life? It’s unfortunate that some of our belief systems do not inspire good old fashion research; and that faith can sometimes override one’s will to take care of one’s physical self. It’s not easy, when you have to deal with many closed minds, most of us deal with them (if not most of our lives), however, knowledge has always been the key to anything in life. The worst bigotry, homophobia and xenophobia has stemmed from the lack of knowledge for each other (however, I’m sure it probably also denotes tilted scales within the bigot’s own psyche). It’s important not to live your life solely on beliefs, because belief are not always derived from accredited documented facts (and even then… Facts, or any other kind of knowledge source for that matter, by nature can never be stagnant). As the World infinitely spins and turns within it’s own axis, so does knowledge, we never stop learning. If you continue to stay stagnant and you choose not to evolve, you are no used to yourself, or anyone else.

Let’s not worry about the haters, because they’re energies will always vibrate at a much low level, and most likely will never increase a fraction of enlightenment for many years to come, if any. Let us continue to do what we gotta do and stay positive, cause no matte what anyone says to you, or about you, only you know you.

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This is a really important episode. I talk about my experience @ my doctor’s office a few weeks ago. The experience I’ll be sharing with you illustrates not just how complex diabetes itself can be, but how the various perceptions and understanding even amongst health care professionals can be nerve racking. I also wanted to discuss the last two youtube videos I’ve posted about diabetes in Africa & Asia, because it kinda relates to this weeks topic; concerning the imbalance between medicine, “natural healing”, perception, assumption, and theories as it relates to diabetes.

-Yogi


This video talks about what i’ve been saying for years, “false hope”, or “miracle cures”. You MUST not stop your medication unless a doctor tells you to, or if you have severe side effects from a particular medication. The video also cover “SCAMS” in the media, confusing diabetics around the world. In a nutshell, the three people in this video says to study, read, and be informed. Never assume anything. Don’t jump up and down and get happy, just because a package says “cure” on it. And if you still don’t understand there is no “cure” for diabetes yet, she also says it in spanish too.

Yogi

 

Within Asia, there is a city called Nepal, just north from Bangladesh, and about due east from Pakistan. A boy named Ashok KC talks about his experience having diabetes. He explains that he’s had diabetes for about 4 years, now he is 16. Ashok has to ride on the bus for two hours in order to get his insulin from the hospital. Because he too lives in a poor country, he cannot bring a lot of insulin home, because it will most likely spoil.

Chandra Dhimal, says that his daughter got diabetes since the age of 6 years old. Dhimal explained how their daughter started getting the diabetic symptoms, i.e., excessive thirst, weight loss, etc.  The father also explained that his daughter’s blood sugar must be in good control, because she often has to walk for hours to get a bus. His father also said something very important. I want all my visitors to read carefully. Because the father loves his daughter so much, he said he went to a fortune teller, which promised him that he could “heal” his daughter. The father eventually sold his land, believing that his beloved daughter would be “cured”. I don’t need to tell you that the cure never happened. In fact, not only did his daughter get sicker, the alleged fortune teller was no were to be found!! I’m sure the father learned a very hard lesson that day. As I’ve always said time and time again, diabetes is a complexed disease,  and you will need more than just a few herbal ingredients and prayer to manage diabetes.

 

In part 2, a doctor discusses how many children would not come in to the hospital, because most could not afford the insulin, and get extremely sick. Now, their clinic offers free insulin, and now more children are coming to the hospital. From there, they are educated about diabetic infections, blood sugar levels, and all other important topics that concerns diabetics.

Yogi.

 

 

This is a heart wrenching story about diabetes, in Congo, inside Africa. Dr. Clerck narrates the beginning part of this documentary. Dr. Clerk came to Congo as a nun, nurse, and a midwife. She first came to Congo in 1955, at a time were there were no doctors, and only the nurses were repsonsible for the patients medical care. It was then decided that she would get a degree to become a doctor, and return to Congo and help the sick. When Dr. Clerck eventually came back, she found herself working with patients with diabetes.

One family talks about the difficulties having a daughter with type 1, and have no job to help with medical expenses. The father expresses the fact that because there is so much corruption (in terms of politics/foreign businesses and policies) the people of Congo continue to stay poor without work. In Congo, it is explained that they have to pay for public elementary school (which is part of the corruption); coupled with not being able to get a job, puts an even bigger strain on diabetes care.

What broke my heart, was the last story in the documentary. A young 24 year old man named Kombi Guy. He has had diabetes since he was 20 years old. He had all the classic signs of diabetes ie, thirst, constant bathroom visits etc., yet he did not know he had diabetes. He explains that no blood test were done until so many compliations has passed. Kombi eventually had to drop out of school, because the complications of diabetes got too overwhelming (as thee was no good education of diabetes, and barely enough money for food and insulin). His diabetes was so out of control, that he almost permanently lost his sight, and had to get an amputation of one of his big toe. Kombi says, his mother died from diabetes.

I will continue to say this until I am blue in the face.  We must earnestly seek information about diabetes, beyond what we see on local television. Diabetes is not, and has never been, solely a “fat American disease”.

Yogi