Author's Sidebar: I worked as a community volunteer for the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for several years. As a result, I met and had the opportunity to work with some great people like Ms. Beverly Gaines and Alfreda Peters.
I ran a biweekly diabetic support group meeting and participated in many of the ADA's health fairs and sponsored events, thanks to the director at that time (Ms. Gaines). Because of this exposure, I met hundreds of diabetics, churches and other community groups involved in health and wellness initiatives.
And, because I got the opportunity to meet and work with so many diabetics, I learned a tremendous amount about diabetes, that, later helped me when I decided to write my book, Death to Diabetes.
Although I am very appreciative of having the opportunity to work with the American Diabetes Association, it turns out that the ADA is not your friend. (Watch my video at the bottom of this web page for more details about the ADA).
Whatever they recommend, make sure that you do your own research! And, stop donating your hard-earned money to these organizations who are pawns of the pharmaceutical companies! Be wary of the ADA and other similar organizations that work with and support the pharmaceutical companies!
Please Note: You can still work with these organizations to help your church and your community. Just, make sure that you are aware of what they promote and recommend because they may not share all of what they do behind closed doors. However, working with these organizations is still a good way to get involved as a health advocate in your community.
The ADA promotes a diet that leads most diabetics to blindness, amputation, kidney failure, and heart attacks. And, their rewards include kickbacks and other payments from the pharmaceutical industry and the food industry.
Some of the "dead" foods promoted by the ADA include artificial sweeteners, fast foods, wheat, pasta, grains, and pasteurized milk -- foods that help to fuel diabetes, obesity, cancer, and heart disease!
The ADA sponsors various junk foods, artificial sweeteners, and sugar-based foods as healthy foods!
The ADA gets most of its funding from the pharmaceutical companies; plus, they receive funding from fast food and junk food companies.
The ADA advocates that artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, saccharin, and sucralose help to curb your appetite and cravings! These chemicals actually fuel your cravings; plus, they are connected to cancer and other health problems.
The ADA recommends processed oils such as canola oil, soybean oil, and cottonseed oil; and, meats such as pork, beef jerky, hot dogs, sausage, bacon, and bologna! Are you kidding me?American Diabetes Association and KFC
The ADA and Kentucky Fried Chicken worked together to develop a campaign where KFC would donate $1 when you ordered from them! Wow! Are we really that stupid? (We must be, because the campaign generated over a million dollars!)
The ADA approves the drinking of bottled fruit juices, tap water, and alcohol! Wow-- they really "care" about us, don't they?
The ADA promotes dangerous diabetic drugs and other drugs as the solution to controlling your diabetes. They encourage diabetics to take aspirin, which may lead to stomach ulcers and internal bleeding.
The ADA promotes cholesterol-lowering statin drugs to diabetic patients, despite the fact that statin drugs help to increase insulin resistance, a pre-cursor to becoming diabetic. In fact, recent studies demonstrate that statin drugs damage your liver and your heart muscle!
Another study showed that at least 37% of people taking statin drugs had good cholesterol levels! Another study indicated that almost 2 out of every 3 people taking a statin drug is unnecessary! With more than 70 million people taking statin drugs, are you one of these people?
The ADA promotes and encourages diabetics to "live with their diabetes". I suspect that whoever came up with that phrase doesn't suffer with the complications of "living" with diabetes.
Beware of Free Health Fairs!
The American Diabetes Association (ADA), American Heart Association (AHA), Kidney Foundation (KF), and other health organizations convinced (and continue to convince) unsuspecting churches to hold "free" health fairs, where these organizations offer free blood test screening for blood glucose and blood pressure under the guise of helping the public. But, in reality, it is to encourage you to go see your doctor and get one of the popular diabetic drugs, statin drugs, and/or blood pressure drugs.
This strategy has worked and continues to work very well for many of the African-American churches, who held hundreds of free health fairs around the country., starting in the 1980s. How and why did this start?
Back in the 1980s, the pharmaceutical companies noticed that a smaller percentage of African-Americans were going to their doctors to get on medication.
They realized that one of the best ways to get African-Americans to buy their drugs would be to get their churches to hold health fairs, and have the health organizations such as the American Diabetes Association (ADA), American Heart Association (AHA), Kidney Foundation (KF) and others come in and offer free blood test and free blood pressure screenings.
Of course, most people would have high readings, get overly concerned, and run to their doctor, who would more than gladly give them a prescription for one of their drugs.
Fast-forward to today, and now more than 75% of African-Americans take some kind of prescription drug! And, most of them haven't got a clue what's been happening, what's happening, and what will be happening to them, their children, their children's children for generations to come.
The same applies to most of the rest of us, including the author, who (years ago) thought the American Diabetes Association (ADA) was his friend -- until they fired him for helping too many diabetics improve their diabetes and get off their medication or reduce their dosage levels.
These so-called health organizations don't care about us! They work hand-in-hand with the drug companies, the fast food companies, and the junk food companies!
If you don''t believe us, here are some external links that support this:
The ADA, "Big Pharma" and other health groups have been working on a cure for diabetes and other diseases for more than 40 years, and they're no closer today than they were 40 years ago.
Actors and other celebrities have been coming on television asking for our money for more than 50 years, hoping that our contributions will lead to a cure.
But, just step back for a moment and think about this: With all that money and all the smart doctors and research people, shouldn't we have found a cure for diabetes or cancer or any disease by now???
Instead of wasting your money by giving it away to these groups, instead, support Alternative Medicine groups who don't have the millions and billions of dollars that these groups have.
With the right funding in the right places, we could eliminate diabetes, heart disease, and most cancers within a generation ...
The American Diabetes Association is paid by cookie companies and other junk food companies to use its ADA logo on its cookie box as a “proud sponsor” of the charity’s efforts on behalf of the nation’s 26 million diabetics.
Foods like the Sugar-Freedom Eskimo Pie and Frosted Shredded Wheat have also sported the American Diabetes Association logo over the years. The companies paid the A.D.A. to be associated with a respected voice for healthful eating.
Many public health charities, from the American Heart Association to the Lupus Foundation of America, raise money from fast food and junk food businesses.
Experts say the ADA remains too wedded to benefactors in the food and pharmaceutical industries, who provided more than $23 million last year.
The ADA admits that it is difficult for them to raise money because the public doesn't feel sympathetic towards Type 2 diabetics.
The ADA focuses on promoting drug treatments because they believe many Type 2 diabetics lack the discipline to change their eating habits and exercise more frequently.
Author's Perspective: This is just not true! When I was working as an ADA volunteer, I discovered that you can raise a lot of money if you take the time to educate the public about diabetes, drugs and nutrition.
Also, I took offense when an ADA official (who didn't know I was diabetic) said that diabetics lack the discipline to change their eating habits. When I explained that it had more to do with promoting drugs as the solution and not providing easier and more effective solutions, the ADA official apologized.
Refer to the following link for more details about the ADA:
Similar to the pharmaceutical industry, the fast food and soda industries use very slick, appealing marketing campaigns and tv ads to convince us that their toxic products are good for us.
Then, they donate a few million dollars, which is a small pittance of the billions of dollars they make from selling poison. To make matters worse, they make and publicize these donations to so-called health organizations like the Cancer Society, Kidney Foundation and American Diabetes Association.
These health organizations, who are supposed to be our advocates, accept the money; and, in turn, support various bills and other legislature that lines the pockets of these industries.
For example, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) receives millions of dollars as part of community outreach programs (e.g. health fairs) into the African-American and Latino communities.
Author's Sidebar: I worked as a volunteer for the ADA, and, I was part of some of these outreach programs, back when I thought the ADA was trying to educate and help people with their diabetes.
You may be asking: How can the American Diabetes Association in its right mind take money from Coca Cola, the company that contributes the most to Type 2 diabetes?
Answer: It's business ...
Coca Cola spends millions of dollars in marketing every year to promote its sugary drinks and other junk food, which generates billions of dollars in revenue. It also generates millions of dollars for the medical industry because, we eventually develop diabetes, heart disease and cancer from eating and drinking these toxic foods.
Coca Cola has paid less than a hundredth of a percent of its marketing budget to buy the silence of these health organizations and their leaders, who also receive kickbacks and vacation packages to Hawaii and the Bahamas.
More About Health Organizations
Recent research identified almost 100 national health organizations that accepted money from either the Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo, or both.
Of those organizations, there were 63 public health organizations, 19 medical organizations and two food supply groups. Remarkably, two diabetes organizations, the American Diabetes Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, received soda company funding.
The investigators also discovered that in almost 30 proposed bills, the soda companies fought against public health initiatives. These included soda taxes, regulations on advertising, soda portion limits, and cigarette-like warning labels on sugary drinks.
Similar to the alcohol and tobacco industries, the fast food industry, specifically the soda companies, use their influence to muzzle other health organizations that would otherwise support public health initiatives against these industries.
Long before the author wrote his book, Mr. McCulley worked as a volunteer for the American Diabetes Association, facilitating a diabetic support group, conducting classes, and attending health fairs around the community. He also produced various fliers, pamphlets and other handouts to give to people at the health fairs and support group meetings.
Many of the diabetics in the support group were amazed how quickly they were able to get their blood sugar under control. As a result, the support group grew from 8-12 people to more than 200 people, with an average of 50-60 showing up at some of the meetings!
Mr. McCulley felt that he was helping people via the ADA. But his mother and his daughter told him that he needed to move beyond just helping one group of people. But, Mr. McCulley resisted because he was comfortable, and didn't want to move outside his comfort zone.
Mr. McCulley's mother told him that God wanted him to move on; and, if he didn't, God would send him a sign. But, again, Mr.. McCulley ignored his mother.
During the next 2 years, more and more people were learning how to reverse their diabetes. And, every time Mr. McCulley gave a talk or attended a local health fair, or visited a church, or visited a diabetic support group in a nearby community, he kept hearing the same question: "Are you going to write a book?"
His engineering friends kept telling him: "You've always written great technical reports. Writing a book shouldn't be that difficult for you -- you've already done all the research!
Despite all of this encouragement, Mr. McCulley didn't feel comfortable enough to publicize his documentation and have to deal with all the criticism and ridicule.
And, just as his mother had predicted, "the sign" came: The ADA received complaints from local doctors, diabetes educators, etc. about Mr. McCulley's lectures; plus, there were too many diabetics either coming off their medications or reducing their dosage levels.
So, the ADA fired the ADA director who had brought in Mr. McCulley to run the diabetic support group. Then, they fired him.
Mr. McCulley may not admit this, but, he was so angry and pissed off that he used that anger to fuel his drive and motivation to take his research and write a 3000-page 81/2x11 book called "Death to all Diseases". His mother smiled when she saw the manuscript, and said: "God just wants a book about diabetes, not an encyclopedia about every disease known to man!"
So, Mr. McCulley extracted the diabetes information, and the information about heart disease, obesity, eye diseases, kidney diseases, and nerve diseases to produce a 400-page book. Then, he designed a 6-stage wellness model, which he used to define the book's architecture.
So, although the ADA hasn't done much to help diabetics, in a way, they helped tremendously -- by firing this man and forcing him to move outside his comfort zone to reach more people.
Now his book far outsells the ADA's book and most of the other diabetes books -- simply because his program works better and faster than any of the other programs; and, is more diverse than the other programs so that anyone from any walk of life can get well.
Then, the local newspaper did a story about Mr. McCulley ... and, then, a medical doctor recommended his book on the air ... and, another medical doctor invited him to a medical conference ... then, he volunteered to help a senior citizen group who couldn't afford the book ... then, a company asked him to run a series of diabetes wellness workshops for his company ... then, he ended up on YouTube ... and, so, Mr. McCulley entered a new chapter in his life ...
Here is the author discussing why he was fired by the American Diabetes Association, despite being able to improve the health of many diabetics:
Local doctors started to complain that they were losing money because their patients were reducing their need for prescription medications due to them following Mr. McCulley's nutritional regimen.
[Note: Fast forward to the 3-minute mark where he begins his discussion about the ADA]
Author's Note: It is unfortunate that the American Diabetes Association and other health organizations are not helping us because of the almighty dollar. But, that should not deter us. In fact, it should fuel us to fight on and win this war in spite of these organizations and the pharmaceutical companies.
We know that you are busy with your own life, so, we have identified a few ways that you get help without spending a lot of time and without getting too involved.
- Stop donating to the ADA, AHA, KF, and other similar organizations. None of the funding goes towards finding a cure.
- Become a health advocate in your church or community.
- Share this web page on your Facebook Timeline.
- Tell your family and friends to stop donating to these groups.
- Become a health advocate in your church or community.
- Become a fan of Death to Diabetes on Facebook.
- Help us in our fight against the drug companies.
- Get Mr. McCulley's book and share it with your friends.
The ADA and the pharmaceutical companies are betting that you won't do anything ...
Author Sidebar: Now, don't get me wrong - - I'm not saying that you should stop being a community volunteer. You can still do volunteer work for the ADA, but don't give them your money and don't assume that the ADA is really trying to help diabetics get rid of their disease. After all, what happens to the ADA if diabetics figure out how to beat their disease?
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- Agriculture and public health: connections The Center for Liveable Future (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) links research on agriculture to public health.
- American Cancer Society FAQs Sensible answers to lots of questions about nutrition and health
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