diabetespowershow Podcast
Another great podcast hosted by LibSyn.com

On today's show, we are honored to welcome Vietnam Veteran Randall Brown. Randall served in Vietnam as a registered mail courier, and flew all over Vietnam multiple times weekly in a C7a Army Caribou.  Often these missions were flown in the flight path of the planes responsible for dispersing Agent Orange and other herbicides over the jungle canopy. Randall recalls the smell of the chemicals in the cabin of his plane, but had no idea how they would impact the rest of his life. He served for 13 months, from January 1967 until after the TET Offensive in February, 1968.

In July 1969, Randall was diagnosed with Diabetes, and for the next 10 years, fought with the VA for treatment. Then in 1979, he was finally treated for Diabetes...first with pills, then as the disease progressed, with insulin injections. In 2003, he was classified as totally disabled by the VA. He has had major cancer surgeries, including his hips, knees, shoulder, eyes, and loss of his stomach. Last year, he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. All of these conditions have a direct connection to Agent Orange.

After his military service, Randall was on a team which opened the first 150 Red Lobster Restaurants in America. He owned his own business for 22 years. He is now retired, and devotes his time and energy to helping Vietnam Vets affected by Agent Orange. He founded 'Vietnam Veterans with Diabetes', and in connection with Dr. Steven Edelman, founder of 'Taking Control Of Your Diabetes' (TCOYD) Randall assists Vietnam Veterans in finding resources and connections to help with the many complications caused by the exposure to these chemicals.  

Randall and his wife, Rita (high school sweethearts) have been married 49 years. They have 3 children, 7 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandson, who is 9 years old. In spite of the many challenges Randall has faced over the years, he manages to keep a positive attitude and a sense of humor. Listen and enjoy the show!



-Vietnam Veterans with Diabetes-

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On today's show, we welcome, from Suwanee, Georgia, High School Football Player and Type One Diabetic Thomas Harris.                                                  http://www.thomasharrisgsprecruiting.com

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Amy Ryan is an author, mother, stepmother, and attorney who lives near Washington, D.C. Amy has had Type 1 diabetes for nearly 20 years. She wrote SHOT: Staying Alive with Diabetes, to create a readable account of this very difficult disease, one that would be different from the numerous "how-to" books about diabetes. She wanted a book that could be shared with family, friends, and others, to raise awareness about what life is really like for those with T1D. In her legal practice, Amy works with pharmaceutical and medical device companies to bring new medical technologies into the market. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Georgetown University Law Center.

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Dealing with Diabetes Burnout: How to Recharge and Get Back on Track When You Feel Frustrated and Overwhelmed Living with Diabetes (Ginger Vieira) is an inspiring and empowering guide to managing the daily work and pressure of diabetes management - counting carbohydrates at every meal, constantly adjusting medication doses, taking daily injections, pricking fingers multiple times a day, and struggling with the unavoidable challenges of fancy, yet imperfect, technology - that can lead to burnout. Vieira provides the tools and encouragement needed to help readers get back on track and make diabetes management a rewarding priority. Chapters directly address burnout in relation to: food, exercise, insulin dosing, blood sugar checking, fear of low blood sugar, being a caregiver/spouse of a person with diabetes, communicating more effectively with your doctor, taking a healthy "vacation" from diabetes, and creating realistic expectations and goals.

Click here to purchase 'Dealing with Diabetes Burnout' on Amazon

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Breanna, Taylor, Alycia, and Brian


On todays show we have studio full of fun. Breanna, age 9, her twin sister Taylor and their wonderful blended family. Breanna was diagnosed last august with Type one diabetes. 


Listen as Breanna and her family share the emotional roller-coaster they have been on for the last 9 months. In spite of these challenges, this family manages to keep a great since of humor and positive, up-beat attitude as they smile their way through the incredible learning curve that is Type one Diabetes.


In most ways, this is a tragically common Diabetes story. However, this story has a unique twist. Brian, Moms significant other, found himself in the middle of learning how to help care for a newly diagnosed Type one child. 


While learning how to test Breanna's  blood sugar, each family member practiced on themselves. Thats when Brian discovered he had very high glucose levels. It was assumed that he had Type 2 Diabetes, so the Doc sent him home with a testing kit. He monitored BG levels for a few months and his sugar numbers continued to rise. 


Just two weeks ago it was determined that Brian is actually a Type one Diabetic. Imagin that... 2 Type one Diabetics, in a blended family, Diagnosed only months apart with no genetic connection. 


Listen to their intriguing family story...






Brian K. Palmer




Brian is a Filmmaker and we are honored that he will be joining us in a very important capacity in the production of our new Feature Length Documentary Film...


A Feature-Length Documentary Film by Charlie Cherry 

These are the children of Diabetes...their Lives, their Challenges, and their Triumphs.

The entire Cast & Crew are personally and directly impacted by Diabetes.


Click below for more info about Brian

Brian K. Palmer





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Kendall Simmons

Kendall Simmons is a former NFL player who played nearly ten years after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers as the 30th overall pick in 2002. Following his first season, Simmons was selected as the team’s rookie of the year.

Shortly before his second season began in 2003, Simmons was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and was not sure if he would be able to continue his football career. With the help of team doctors and a strong support network, Simmons returned to the field that same year.

As he learned to manage his diabetes, he regained his strength and flourished on the football field. In 2005, he started all 16 regular season games and all four playoff games with the Pittsburgh Steelers, winning Super Bowl XL over the Seattle Seahawks.

Today, he has partnered with Novo Nordisk, a global health care company dedicated to diabetes care, to raise awareness of the importance of properly managing blood glucose levels, and to demonstrate that diabetes can be successfully integrated into your life and ambitions. Kendall is currently working with Novo Nordisk to recognize people with diabetes who give back to their communities.

Now retired from the NFL, Simmons is still very active in the diabetes community. He has spoken to children and adults with diabetes across the country, to let them know that the disease can be managed. Simmons hopes that his story can be an inspiration to children and others with diabetes.


Over the course of his career, Simmons spent most of his time on the Pittsburgh Steelers, playing seven NFL seasons with the team and spanning 80 regular season and seven post-season games. He also played on the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills.


Swing for Diabetes

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 Joining us today in studio, C. R. Kannan, M. D.                


Dr. Kannan is presently Director of Endocrinology and Metabolism at Red Rock Medical Center in Las Vegas.  He served as Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Las Vegas from 2009 to 2013, with teaching and patient responsibilities. He was also Consultant in Endocrinology at Southwest Medical Associates in Las Vegas, from 2003 to 2010.  He moved to Nevada in 2003, following many years of academic and clinical practice in Chicago.   


He is the former Chairman of Endocrinology at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, and Associate Chairman of Endocrinology at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center.  He was responsible for the combined Endocrinology Fellowship Program of Rush Presbyterian and Cook County Hospitals.  He is a tenured Professor of Medicine at Rush University, Chicago.


During his tenure at Cook County and Rush Presbyterian, he won the Teacher of the Year Award ten (10) times.


He has single-authored four (4) medical textbooks, and has served as an editor of the Year Book of Endocrinology for 15 years.  He has also co-authored several original articles in peer-reviewed journals.

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The Diabetes Breakthrough

Osama Hamdy, MD, PHD, FACE is the Medical Director of the Obesity Clinical Program, at Joslin Clinic and Director of Inpatient Diabetes Management. He is a Clinical Investigator and attending Adult Endocrinologist at Joslin Diabetes Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

On today's show, we talk with Dr. Hamdy about his new book, The Diabetes Breakthrough.


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Live from the New Media Expo Lounge at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas. Chris, Theresa, Chris and Charlie talk about the controversial April 5, 2014 New York Times article about T1D (Type 1 Diabetes). “Even Small Medical Advances Can Mean Big Jumps in Bills”

As you may know, on April 5, the New York Times published an article about the cost of medical advances. Today we share with you JDRF’s official response and our own thoughts.


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Dr. Guy Pupp D.P.M. is a Michigan-based podiatrist who specializes in diabetic limb salvage. As a consultant for numerous orthopedic equipment companies, he was instrumental in the development of one of the most user friendly external fixation devices. Dr. Pupp has trained more than 140 residents as a Director of the Foot and Ankle Clinic, and is actively involved with Healing the Children, an international relief organization. He is a board member of the American Diabetes Association.

Foot and Ankle Institute of Michigan

Save a leg, Save a life

Puracyn wound and skin care

An article in Diabetes & You that Dr. Pupp authored on foot care (page 29)

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