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Spam I Am.

On my post about marking my 22nd year with type 1 diabetes, someone named Tom tried to leave this comment:

"Hi Kerri,
I stumbled across your blog and as I was reading it I wondered if you ever read a book by Dr. Robert Young called "The PH Miracle for Diabetes". He is a nutritionist and microbiologist who has been able to reverse Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in many patients.

I remember reading somewhere that he did a couple of clinical studies where 85% of type 1 diabetics and 94% of type 2 diabetics had complete reversals of symptoms and were off of their medications. I could be wrong on the exact percentage but it was in that range.

Anyways, I just thought I'd pass that on to you. I enjoyed reading your post and hope this tip benefits you.
Tom"

My furious response:

"Dear Tom,
Thank you for visiting my diabetes blog, and for your comment about  Dr. Robert Young's ability to cure type 1 diabetes.  I looked at your site and the informational download I can purchase for $27.00.

I must admit, I am both offended by your audacity and disappointed in your callousness.  I have been a type 1 diabetic for 22 years and have worked very hard to remain healthy.  For you to come to my website and try and sell me and my readers a "miracle cure" is an action you should be ashamed of.  I'm disappointed that you thought so little of me as to insult me by sending this link to me, and that you think so little of these parents who are battling to keep their children healthy every day.

I wish you all the best, and I hope you and your conscience are reunited soon.
Best,
Kerri."

The website he linked in his comment profile was:  http://www.vibranthealthunleashed.com
His email is:  info@vibranthealthunleashed.com

If you are as offended by his spam as I was, feel free to drop "Tom" a line and let him know that people with diabetes do not want his $27.00 snake oil.  We want real research.  We want real progress.  We want a cure.

Comments

I think I will send SEVERAL emails to this jerk.

Thanks for letting us know Kerri.

Nicely done Kerri. Although I wouldn't hold out hope for a reuniting with his conscience. I doubt he has one.

Ouch. How hideously insensitive. :(

Not like it compares, but I posted about the suffrage movement on my blog and got a spammer asking me to review her penis enhancement ring.

It's an unforunate example of Tragedy of the Commons that this stuff is so much a part of our daily lives. The internet and e-mail could potentially be SO useful--if it weren't for spam and online porn!

Ugh. I remember a few years ago (when I was a freelance technical writer) I was approached about ghost writing a nutrition course that "cured" type one diabetes. Utterly dumbfounded, I wrote them back to ask if they meant "type two" and were unclear of the difference. Nope, they said that clearly I had been fed lies by the government and there was a cure! Right. Assholes. I (obviously) never took the gig.

Every once in awhile I see someone else with a pump and we get in a conversation and I realize they have NO idea what they're doing. "My doctor just said to start this thing." I immediately give them my phone number and offer to buy "Pumping Insulin" for them from Amazon. It scares me how many type ones may be out there believing they can cure themselves with a whack-job program.

I totally agree with you Kerri! How dare this "person" try to tell me that my disease can be cured by some idiotic diet or "miracle cure". Shame on you "Tom". Now go crawl back under whatever rock you came from!

Ugh. I'm so sorry.

If I dropped the f-bomb ever this would be the time to do it!

HOW RUDE! That's when you say, "If a cure were only $27, don't you think I would have bought it by now???"
I can't believe there are still nut cases out there like this.

I do not like that Spam I am!

These people do not change, Kerri...

Dear Kerri, of course I agree with your 100%. What a tool! And many other bad words! I'm glad to see you didn't make the links to his site and email "live" so they won't count toward his SEO.

Anyway, one thing hubby Steve always says (and as a film critic at a site that is read by 5 million people a month, he should know) "don't poke the loonies." What he means is, sometimes it's not worth it to argue back because it just causes you pain and they won't change.

That's NOT to say you should never speak up, because you should - I would just suggest you not take it any farther than this, i.e., don't have any kind of further conversation with him. It won't make you feel better and it won't change his slimy tactics.

These "miracle cure" folks totally get under my skin, too. I'm all for CAM and whole body medicine. But there are so many scammers! There has to be a better way to fight them and expose their B.S. Sounds like I have another blog idea for us all to work on.

Thinking of you, my friend - Jenni

Strong work, Kerri. This guy is a complete douchebag. A few weeks ago, I had a sales person at a gym claim that they could "cure my diabetes" if I joined. After I told her "not type 1," I should have felt angry at the look of embarrassment and disappointment on her face, but I just felt pity for her ignorance. I wrote a response to your post here: http://www.blogimore.com/2008/09/15/can-someone-loan-me-27/.

Keep up the good work.

Nice.
Ever heard that cinnamon heals or helps diabetics?
In my experience cinnamon cookies work at type 1 diabetics perfectly. At least at the type 1, I know best, which is me. Maybe not to cure type 1, but they do a great job when I’m hungry.
I like cinnamon.

Sebastian

Hey Kerri, the day I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, in the quiet little waiting room between having a mammo and seeing the doctor for the life altering news I was about to receive, this woman tried to sell me anti-cancer stuff. To this day I have a hard time thinking of her without the urge to physically throttle her. I'll go have a 'word' with Tom using a private email address.

Hugs,
Gaelyne

I once took Lauren to a "Forum to help families coping with teens with diabetes" I think the title was actually "Teens, Parents and Diabetes: The Good, the Bad and the Ugy," Lauren was like, "This is going to be a waste of time." I said, "We will find answers there!" So we get there and it's this nutty panel of parents who have NO IDEA. One as a daughter, 10, who was dx less than a year ago. "We have NONE of the teen issues!" Ummm . . nor do you have a teen, lady. So finally I raise my hand and say, "Gosh, it seems to me like the panel has perfection and the audience members are all in crisis. Can you please give me a tip as to how I get to have my child be a perfect diabetic like yours?" And this man on the panel looks at me, smiles and says, "Yes. Just try LOVING her. That's all it takes."

Wow. Love. Do you have instructions for that? Needless to say, Lauren go to say "I told you so" shortly there after.

Then, this summer, a few days after Lauren spoke at the Democratic National Convention, we had a party and a physician friend (FRIEND!) said to me, 'I don't get why Kennedy chose her and not some person with an incurable disease. You know, you could totally reverse her diabetes."

Yes, I did rip him a new one.


People like this are the very reason I moderate comments on my own blog. I usually just do not approve the comments, and delete them without giving it a second thought. The fact is, the Diabetes OC has been a great innovation, but the downside is that we've made ourselves very easy targets for snakeoil salesmen like this, too, by giving easy access to many blogs they might not otherwise locate on their own.

Yeah, isn't it a sad thing that we are all too cheap to fork over $27 to cure our own or our child's diabetes? Because a cure really is so easy and so readily accessible and this Tom guy is just trying to recoup expenses in spreading the word about this miracle. What an effhead. I'd like to let my daughter at him while she's the middle of one of her rages against being diabetic.

But wait?? The Dr. has like... a lot of degrees... from mail order schools... hehe.. what a loser:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Young_(author)

I wonder if people like this think that we're using our $27 to go buy booze or crack or whatever. Screw curing our kid (and ourselves) That $27 can buy a lot of cheep booze.

$27 I can buy a box of syringes that'd work better then his snakeoil. I dispise lamers making money off us, heck even the magic weightloss crap. Here's a good marketing tip, offer me a free cure then if it actually works, I'll send you the $27 and all my old used syringes! go get'em girl!

Hmmm, so basically I'm wasting all my money on expensive insulin, pump, test strips, etc, when all it takes is $27 for a cure! Wow, why is this such a secret? Oh . . . yeah . . . because it's nothing but a low-life scam. Ggggrrrrr.

only 5% of diabetics are Type 1. I have to remind myself of this when I really have the urge to hurt the person that just said:

hey, have you seen Steel Magnolias?

hey, can you have kids?

did your diabetes go away yet?

or

you know, you really should watch what you eat.

That book was recommended to me by the mother of a diabetic child a few years ago. I was curious so I looked into it.

Basically, it's a raw foods diet that is supposed to "cleanse your body" so to speak. Translation: it's a good way to end up in the emergency room once you stop taking your insulin and trust the book.

Stupid Tom for even trying to push that on us. It always amazes me the number of people who fall for those types of things though.

Marcus's comment made me laugh so I clicked on this link. Check out this quote:

He (Dr. Young) received several degrees from Clayton College of Natural Health, an unaccredited distance learning school, including an M.S. in nutrition (1993), a D.Sc. with emphasis in chemistry and biology (1995), a Ph.D. (1997) and an N.D. (Doctor of Naturopathy, 1999).

LOL!

You know, honestly, I'm torn about what to do with that guy.

First and foremost, I want to protect us and our private information. If you send a cure spammer like that an email, he can then target you for future solicitation and sell your email address to others. And for every hit he can track off of this website from this post, he can make money from his advertisers, etc.

Secondly, I agree that he messed with the wrong diabetic. :) Go get 'em, Kerri.

Yeah, let me join this ever growing train. This guy is a true piece of work. when I read this on your tweet, I knew I had to post about it so I did here:
http://canddbishop.com/blog/?p=241

Hopefully he gets his. Thanks for sharing Kerri

I of course loved this snippit at the bottom of his web page:

The information, ideas and suggestions contain herein have been developed from sources, including publications and research, that are considered and believed to be reliable, but cannot be guaranteed insofar as they apply to any particular individual. Moreover, because of the experiential nature of the material and the fact that researched information is never static, but ever changing, the assistance of a competent, qualified doctor or medical professional is recommended when implementing the plans or ideas discussed in this book.

The Author specifically disclaims any liability, loss, or risk, personal or otherwise, incurred as a consequence directly or indirectly of the use and application of any of the techniques or contents of this book.

Yes keri thank you I added to the flood in his mailbox so to speak . I too was astounded by his audacity and callousness . Hopefully someone did not take his advice and end up in a coma with possible death looming . I mean come on where do these idiots come from ? I am floored by this . thanks keri and maybe we gave this idiot something to think about when we said something to him about possible involvement in someones demise . I hope we did anyways .

I can't believe people are trying to make money that way. What a scam... this one is it. You give it to him Kerry,, Very Nice response on your part

Kerri,

I would like to clarify my comments.
First, I did not write the book The PH Miracle and I am not affiliated with Dr. Young and I do not make money from selling anything related to Dr. Young.

My site is about health in general but his book is about diabetes and he has helped people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

I only commented because I thought HIS book would provide more information for people afflicted with diabetes, yes even type 1.
His books are at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and every other bookstore. You can find numerous articles of research about diabetes on his website at www.phmiracleliving.com. I am sure he can provide you with many success stories of people who have reversed type 1 diabetes.

I also did not do it for monetary gain which is why I did not post my website in the comments where they could see it. If I wanted your readers to go to my site and buy my book I would have added my site so they could see it and I would not have mentioned someone else's book.

Hmmm. Interesting. I am a parent of a diabetic and personally, I check out everything that comes my way. I was actually given the PH Balance book and read it in one sitting - simply because I check out everything I can get my hands on. I ultimately make the decision - but I am not offended if people give me ideas.

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