First I do have to remind you all that in Dec I wrote the Dr Oz show because I happened to catch his Diabetes episode that I have renamed The Fables of Diabetes.... I was not impressed at all. In this awful episode filled with untruths and misconception about Type 1 Diabetes. He did not once make a distinction between Type 1 or Type 2, it went as far as not even mentioning the terms Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. He only used the term Diabetes through out the long 15 minutes of the episode that I was able to watch before I had to change the channel enraged because of what they had just aired.
As soon as I heard that Oprah was doing a show with Dr. Oz on Diabetes my heart sank. I knew because of what I had seen in December how this was going to go down. So I wrote this to Oprah on her website.
After watching a long 25 minutes of the Oprah show on diabetes these are my feelings:
I was impressed that Oprah did "TRY" to make a distinction between Type 1 and Type 2. She did "TRY" on 3 different occasions that I saw asking Dr. Oz "is this Type 1 or Type 2", "does this happen with Type 1 or Type 2", "does she suffer from Type 1 or Type 2". Each and every time I got my hopes up Dr. Oz opened his big mouth trying to answer Oprah's questions and nonsense, rambling, uneducated BS (whatever you want to call it) came out. The great Dr Oz did not let me down, I called it and it happened, so many mistakes on so many different levels happened on that show.
I just could not believe and still don't, that a DOCTOR doing a show on DIABETES had no idea what he was talking about, pick up a damn book and do some reading!!
Oprah next time you do a show on Diabetes or any subject for that matter get a REAL expert, that knows what he or she is talking about.
Also the next time you do a show on a topic that you may not have a lot or any experience with, you may also want to pick up a book and do a little reading on the subject. It is YOUR show after all and the next time your "expert" guest has no clue you may have an ounce of one!
and of course I wrote another letter:
Hello Oprah and or producers,
My name is Nicole, I have 6 wonderful Children one of which has Type 1 diabetes. I'm sending you this letter that I wrote for my blog, The Ride of our Lives with Type1 Diabetes for Cara's one year anniversary of her Type 1 diagnoses. I hope that this helps you understand that we need to raise accurate awareness for Type1 Diabetes and let the world know that WE ARE HEAR.
SORRY BLOGGERS I'M SAVING THE LETTER THAT I WROTE FOR CARA'S 1 YEAR D-AVERSARY FOR FEB.13TH POST :( MAKE SURE TO COME BACK AND READ IT THEN!
I just want the world to understand that Type1 is an autoimmune disease, I non Cara did not do anything to cause these awful disease. There is NO CURE for Type 1 diabetes, eating healthy or getting more exercise will not cure my daughter. Cara's pancreas does not and will not produce insulin any longer. Cara must undergo 4 shot of insulin a day and countless finger pokes to try to ensure a healthy life which is never a guarantee. Everything has changed in our life since the diagnosis, it has effective our whole family and we NEED a cure! However it is very hard to find the support when people think that your child will grow out of it, your child needs to run or exercise more and it was your fault that your child is suffering through this disease. Please truly take the time and consider doing an episode on Type 1 Diabetes.
Cara's mom Nicole Cozad