Living with diabetes

Natasha Reddrop, Ocean Shores.

I’m writing in concern about the Echo article, ‘Easing diabetes with yoga’.

I realise this article was probably written by Rachel Zinman herself, but in the interests of good editorial practices, I would like to suggest that you avoid printing terms like ‘surrendering’ when referring to ‘traditional allopathic medicine’, which I can only assume means insulin.

People with type 1 diabetes are wholly dependent on insulin, injected subcutaneously, to stay alive. No amount of yoga or anything else is going to change that, and we are blessed to live in a country where this drug is available to anyone who needs it, so we don’t have to die of our condition (as many other thousands of people do in other places).

Expressing the idea of surrender is ungrateful and misleading, as no other alternative is possible, and we should be deeply thankful that we have it available at all.

Suggesting that people with type 1 should somehow put up a fight against using insulin could result in someone’s unnecessary death.

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