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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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Hello everyone,

We are fast approaching the new year, and I just wanted to take the time to reflect, and to also talk about my new photography blog. Unfortunately, because most people appear to be more interested in gossiping about me all damn day long , rather than asking me personally the questions they want answered directly (then again, I guess you wouldn’t, because you’re gossipers),  my site has been an excellent tool to convey my thoughts to both all the very nosy ass busybodies, as well as those that are genuinely concerned for my welfare and well being. I’d like to say that, as I look forward to the coming  year of 2014, it will include some big changes for me emotionally and psychologically.

It was really unfortunate, and unacceptable that I had to go through the majority  of my roughest and toughest times of my life alone. Yet a slew of people really feel they’re at liberty to say “they know me”?. People use the word “friend” too loosely, and really need take a minute to evaluate what a friend means. You also should watch the behaviors of people you call your friends. Organizations that claim to help others, need to reevaluate whether you’re actually helping, or are the individuals just there to participate in office politics, gossip & drama? This includes hospitals, many of you need to practice some professionalism, especially since most of you would not like a taste of your own medicine. Many of the things I’ve talked about are basic 101 knowledge guys! What’s the problem? I digress.. This has proven to me many times over, that people are more interested telling you what they think, way before they are open to listening. I really don’t understand how so many have adopted a habit of not only immediately disagreeing with someone, but dismissing the other person’s thoughts with no solid foundation or facts for that disagreement other than your own personal belief? You got to be kidding me? is that the best you can come up with?  I don’t know what the hell is in some people’s heads, but that isn’t what being a friend/help means. Anyway, however, looking back in retrospect, my life’s trials and tribulation was the very cleansing and detoxification I needed, to free my spirit from society’s hooks of conformity, hate, prejudice, and a host of other ills. I guess this was one of those things I had to go through alone. Still sucks though….

Unfortunately, as a result of many of the traumatic experience I had in the last 4+ years, I have decided that diabeticradio is over. There are many resources you can learn about diabetes on your own (that is if you really care to know). However, I will continue to leave all of my old content available to those that are interested. My ownership expires in 2020, you better get all the information you can from there, because I probably will NOT be renewing the domain. After that, you’ll just have Youtube to find my old videos. I cannot compete with beliefs, and many people’s unwillingness to at least read and diligently investigate. VintageNewscast will of course remain active. Without getting long winded, I hope that next year will be the year that many of you start to look in the mirror, and hold yourselves accountable for your deeds, and how you treat people.

2014 will be my year to focus on me and my (long overdue) photographic art. I didn’t plan on building another website; however, I realized photography really is an entirely different subject all together, so I really needed to create an entirely new site. My new site is called ShadesOfSepia, which I think is a perfect name to represent the classic tone to my photography.  I probably will not begin to add content until shortly after the new year.

ShadesOfSepia will be a place to not only display my vintage inspired photographic creations, but show any historic trips around NYC; share my resources for Photoshop & Paintshop freebies, links to other great art, and more. Through my new photographic journey, as I cross paths with friendly and knowledgeable photographers willing to share their wisdom, I will share them on the site; as well as my own. ShadesOfSepia does not require anybody’s beliefs or validations. Either you like my art or you don’t; but hopefully most can appreciate my uniqueness, ’cause this is the essence of what art truly is…. Our uniqueness, and our ability to express our uniqueness through art. It’s not about “the one and only technique”, it’s not about only “only using one software”, and it’s not about carving out the same o’l gingerbread cookies over and over and over again.