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I agree, to charge him is absurd. If he is convicted then justice will most definitely NOT have been served.

For the police to refuse to remove the handcuffs after the paramedics had requested it beggars belief. And frankly, the fact that they were rookie officers merely highlights a need for better training for police officers.

What I would like to see happen is for the court to dismiss the case and very publicly chastise the police for their behaviour.

It seems that the medical profession and the diabetes industry is more interested in marginalizing the risks inherent with insulin replacement therapy rather than owning up to them. For decades, hypoglycemia has been routinely blamed on patient error rather than the non-physiological manner in which it is dosed. We have been told that education is the key, and yet in spite of a significant increase in patient education, the incidence of ER visits due to insulin-induced hypoglycemia stands at record levels.

How ironic that just this week, in The New England Journal of Medicine, we find the results of the Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications (EDIC)/DCCT follow-up study, and what do the authors do? They use it as an opportunity to tell everyone exactly how "safe" insulin therapy is, and promote the virtues of tight glycemic control by suggesting that the results indicate that the risks of lows less than the risk posed by hyperglycemia.

Talk about selective disclosure of the truth! Its a sad commentary when medicine uses it the opportunity to blame the patient rather than their disease. Even worse, at most large diabetes conferences, healthcare professionals are inundated with information about more accurate and simpler blood glucose monitors and insulin delivery systems, yet nonprofit advocates for curing diabetes or other charitable organizations are woefully underrepresented or placed on the periphery of the of the exhibition halls. The theme reinforces the prevailing belief that diabetic disabilities and their associated economic costs are caused by people with diabetes, not by their disease.

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