Can a public service announcement actually make you sick – or even kill you?
I know, it sounds crazy. But according to a well-known diabetes expert from the Mayo Clinic, that’s exactly what’s going on right now.
He’s talking about a big advertising blitz put out by the Ad Council, the CDC, the American Medical Association and the American Diabetes Association.
One that is trying to convince you in 60 seconds that you’re teetering on the diabetes tightrope –and could lead you to spending the rest of your life on some of the most dangerous meds around.
Boob tube medicine
How do you get millions of Americans to drop everything and immediately rush off to their doctors’ offices to find out if they have “pre-diabetes?”
Well, of course that’s impossible. So this PSA campaign is going for the next best thing — a TV doctor that will diagnose you right in your living room.
And best of all, there’s no co-pay!
The rush to diagnose just about every adult with pre-diabetes is becoming the medical scam of the decade – and it’s one that I’ve warned you about many times before.
If you’ve been told that you suffer from this “condition” – which many docs say was created just to sell drugs (more on that in a moment) – it simply means your blood sugar is a bit above normal.
No, you’re not diabetic, not at all – and you may never be.
But according to “Dr. Chizholmes” (he’s the actor in the commercial who’s the face of this new PSA campaign), you don’t even need to have your blood tested!
If you’re holding up five fingers or more at the end of his little quiz, “you probably have pre-diabetes” he says, adding “sorry to be so blunt.”
And this “quiz” asks such hard-hitting questions like whether you’re a man or a woman, and if you’re over 60. Forget passing this thing – it’s designed for you to fail!
Well, sorry to be so blunt, Dr. Chizholmes —
but I would prefer to consult with a real doctor if I have questions about diabetes. Even better, how about an expert who specializes in the disease from the Mayo Clinic?
That’s where Dr. Victor Montori comes in. And he’s got a bone to pick with this entire pre-diabetes thing – especially this new PSA.
First off, Dr. Montori calls the whole idea of pre-diabetes an “artificial” disease that has “virtually zero” clinical evidence behind it.
Second, there are lots of doctors out there who see this whole PSA for exactly what it is – a scare campaign to sell more drugs.
With diabetes becoming a full-blown epidemic and so many seniors worried about it, Big Pharma and the mainstream are trying to sell you meds before you even develop the disease. And some of these meds are incredibly dangerous, too – like the diabetes drug Actos that’s been linked to cancer.
And aside from this new campaign, the whole, sordid history of pre-diabetes is a joke in its own right.
The CDC practically copied its definition of pre-diabetes from the ADA, which wants you to believe that any elevated blood sugar reading is enough to label you as pre-diabetic. And they’re also claiming that up to 30 percent of those “pre-bees” will develop full-blown diabetes in as little as three years.
But that’s wrong, wrong and just plain wrong, according to Dr. Montori.
According to Dr. Montori the real number of people diagnosed as pre-diabetic with just a fasting finger prick (and certainly the “five fingers” test!) who will go on to develop diabetes is “infinitely smaller” than the CDC is making it out to be.
“Obviously, they want the problem to appear very large,” and that’s “not acceptable,” he said.
So what about the 86 million Americans the CDC wants us to believe are pre-diabetic? Well, it looks like they practically pulled that number out of thin air – or used the same math as the Enron bookkeepers.
And this fuzzy math has a lot more to do with helping Big Pharma sell drugs than protecting you from diabetes.
If your blood sugar is a little high, your best course of action is to make lifestyle changes like a low-carb diet or shedding some pounds – which have both been proven to help keep diabetes at bay.
And those both sound a lot better to me than letting some actor in a white coat diagnose you through the boob tube.
“CDC’s new ‘pre-diabetes’ campaign is misguided, Mayo physician says” Susan Perry, February 8, 2016, MinnPost, minnpost.com