Cure, schmure. Not another cure. I’m so sick of hearing about the “latest cure research” in diabetes. I’ve been hearing about the latest cure research all my life. We’ve been on the brink of a cure, all my life, and I’m still not cured. This latest news story from Harvard Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, regarding creation of pancreatic insulin producing beta cells, from stem cells, is no different. I’m just not excited about it. I’ll be excited when I’m cured, not before.
Even IF there’s ever a cure, I don’t believe it will be offered to us. Diabetes is the biggest recurring revenue source for big pharma, in the world. A long lifetime of recurring revenue can be bled from nearly 30 million people, ever year, by multiple companies who supply diabetic supplies. Hell, if they cure diabetes, our economy will crash.
All of this hype about this latest cure news reminds me of the X-Files. Fox Mulders basement office. You remember the poster on his wall? The UFO hovering with the quote “I want to believe”? Basically, I desperately hope I”m 200% wrong, but I know better. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result. All my life, we’ve been on the brink of cure. All my life, new research shows it’s right there, in sight, on the horizon. I’m still not cured. 44 years as a T1D and I’m still not cured. Seems a little insane to think this one is any different. You can just call me Scully I guess. She was always the sceptic, right?
Now many of my friends and family have personally sent me the link to the numerous news stories about this, and it took me forever to even go look at it, but I want you all to know how much I appreciate that you cared enough to share what you found. I have read many articles now, and even tried to read the actual study, but it seems you need medical credentials to see that text. Yes it looks hopeful, so thank you.
For those of you who have not yet seen this story, here is the direct link to the Harvard website: http://hsci.harvard.edu/news/stem-cells-billions-human-insulin-producing-cells