Insulin: Discovered or Invented?

The history of insulin goes back to the early 1920s.  “Dr. Frederick Banting and Charles Best are known as the discoverers of insulin.  They first extracted insulin from the pancreases of dogs in 1921.” and

   Ingenuity and desperation were the necessary mothers of this invention, so to speak. As a child, I was often reminded or heard remarks pertaining to the organs of cadaver cows and pigs that were used for their extraction of pancreatic fluids – insulin – for human use. The documented history of this disease amazes me as well as answers some questions. For one, how did people survive? They didn’t. How was it detected, diagnosed? How did anyone know what to do? I learned most of this through my research preparation of the yearly Science Fair at St. Mary’s. I never won, but I am sure I brought early attention to parents and peers to this disease. That was my sole purpose. It was unpopular in the early 1970’s. People didn’t seem to care as long as there was ‘insulin.’ 

   There is one story I heard of or read about of how a person had to sharpen his/her own needles. How was that done? I have never found an answer and this question will remain in my mind. I am very curious.

   There is another story I came across some time ago that I will never forget. During World War I, a highly educated and young husband and wife escaped the harsh European regime at the time. I recall that the wife was 19 years old and a schoolteacher. Although she suspected she was sick, suffering with typical diabetes symptoms, medication was not easily available. Not until they made their own from the cadaver of a cow. To make a long story short, she survived on this concoction until arriving in America where she was able to purchase animal extracted insulin. This full yet short story can be found in an older issue of Diabetes Interview, specifically Issue 114, Volume 11, Number 1 © 2002, page 50, entitled “Eva’s Insulin,” written by Radha Mclean. It is truly awe-inspiring and worth your research and reading. Interestingly enough, through my research, I also found a substance extracted from, believe it or not, salmon that enhanced insulin that same time period. Amazing.

   I have always wondered how it was for many people many, many years ago who suffered with and through the systems and agony of diabetes, even before it was named. I can only think that their lives were short and uncomfortable. 

   As a “controlled substance, my use of insulin for over fifty years leads me to believe that I am an addict. I have had to use it, I need it, I crave it, I want it. These are the standard physical and emotional strains as with any drug, legal or illegal. Reality check!

   Present day “elders” of this disease, whom I prefer to call “champions” are those individuals whom I have only read about that have dealt with diabetes for longer than I. This fact continues to amaze and awe me; to have this disease for 50, 60, 70, and even 80 years is mind-blowing. I’m right there with them if only due to my choice to live while having a strong spirit.

Diabetic Television

As profound as this fact may seem, “dLife” has been in existence for many years.  I bring up the subject because I have not heard nor read anything about it from anyone.  No, I am not one of their marketeers or sales specialists or advertisers or in any way, shape or form involved with the organization.

Due to acquiring UVerse television cable operations most recently, I may now be able to view dLife.  I have not had a chance to check the TV schedule for 4:00pm Pacific Time.  In the meantime, I happened to Google search dLife and can summarize the webpages as quite thorough pertaining to Diabetes and diabetics.

And so, I am looking forward to some feedback on the show: Have you seen it?  Is it a good Sunday late-afternoon watch?  Are the topics challenging, making you want to think about this world-wide pandemic?  I am interested.  I hope to be able to see the show this afternoon, January 24, 2010.

Thank you.  AK.

Raw Foods WOrkshop

Look what I found as I glanced through news pamphlets at the Fair Oaks, California, Library.  It is an invitation to the General Public (you) to “Learn about the health benefits and wonderful fresh taste of raw foods.  Presenters will demonstrate three delicious recipes (Yay!  They’re gonna feed us  – maybe!) and give hints on how to create an entire raw food menu.”

Ooh, I bet this involves lots and lots of vegetables.  I like vegetables – a lot.  And fresh fruit. 

I realize that many of you are out-of-state or just plain far, far away.  Maybe your local library or community center or school or somewhere place will be hosting a similar event.  For more information, the contact on the attractive flyer is  You just never know what you may learn!

Pancreas Tonic – Hmm….

Q: When I ask my doctor about Pancreas Tonic, he felt herbs had no place in traditional medication. What should I do?
A: Your doctor’s attitude towards herbs is common and we respect that. It is partly because there is no training on herbs or herbal medicines in Western medical schools and secondly there are not scientific studies done on the efficacy and safety of many herbs. However all the Pancreas Tonic herbs have been scientifically researched and data has been published in various research journals. Summaries of research data, name of journal, publication year, and page numbers etc., on Pancreas Tonic ingredients is provided in the latter part of this book and detailed published articles can be ordered through any University library. There are a number of medical doctors starting to recommend Pancreas tonic to their patients in addition to their regular prescription after seeing some remarkable improvement in their blood tests. In many cases people see the positive difference in their blood within first month of the Pancreas tonic usage.

Q: I want to try Pancreas Tonic, but I am concerned about its safety? Can I take it with my prescription?
A: Ingredients of Pancreas Tonic are vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices which are used in everyday cooking in the Indian sub-continent and have a safe history of thousands of years behind them. There is no evidence of drug interaction with Pancreas Tonic.

Q: Can a person on insulin take Pancreas Tonic?
A: Yes, Pancreas tonic is safe to take for Insulin dependent as Well as Non-Insulin dependent diabetics, however, caution should be exercised regarding hypoglycemia caused by insulin.

Q: How soon can I see results?
A: Some patients may see results with their blood sugar in a relatively short time. Everybody responds differently to Pancreas Tonic, therefore, there is no set therapy timeline. For best results Pancreas Tonic should be taken 3-24 months CONTINUOUSLY. The longer the problem has exist the longer it may take to see results

Q: Is any special diet recommended with Pancreas Tonic?
A: Just follow your Physician’s advice and do not consume alcohol as it can reverse the Pancreas Tonic progress.

Q: I have been diabetic for a long time and am suffering from complications in my legs and feet, can I be helped with Pancreas Tonic?
A: Pancreas Tonic has been shown to help or minimize the complications of patients with symptoms related to pancreatic imbalances.

180 capsules in a plastic bottle.

2 capsules 3 times a day 10-15 minutes before meals.

Pancreas Tonic is designed to rejuvenate the Pancreas and it is NOT A SUBSTITUTE TO YOUR PRESCRIPTION FOR GLUCOSE CONTROL. It should be taken in addition to your regular prescription for glucose control. For best results it should be used for 3-24 months CONTINUOUSLY , As your glucose level starts to normalize consult your physician for reducing your prescription medication gradually.

Therapy can take from 3-24 months or even more depending upon your condition and how religiously you take Pancreas Tonic as suggested. There is no set therapy duration because everybody is unique and response differs from individual to individual. Consumption of alcohol is not advised.

NO KNOWN SIDE EFFECTS: All natural ingredients of Pancreas Tonic consist of vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices that have been used in India every day and have a safe history of thousands of years behind them.

UPDATES AS OF March 2004

In a Breakthrough Research study “PANCREAS TONIC” published in the OCT. 1998 issue (vol.90 # 10, p.614-618) of the JOURNAL OF THE NATIONAL MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, Washington,DC. USA, PANCREAS TONIC HAS BEEN PROVEN TO REGENERATE PANCREAS ISLET CELLS, thereby RESTORING the NORMAL pancreatic balance in laboratory animals .

Pancreas Tonic helps in the regeneration of the Beta cells of the Islets of the Pancreas thereby restoring the normal pancreas function in laboratory animals.

  • Pancreas Tonic has shown no allergic reaction or drug interaction.
  • Physicians have reported that patients with pancreas imbalances on Pancreas Tonic have been able to lower their daily medication requirement.
  • Clinical laboratory reports on patients taking Pancreas Tonic have shown no adverse effect on the liver, kidneys, or blood.
  • Pancreas Tonic significantly increases energy levels, reduces fatigue, weakness and promotes a sense of well-being.
  • Pancreas Tonic helps to reduce sugar craving, hunger & extreme thirst.
  • Pancreas Tonic helps to reduce frequent night-time urination.
  • Pancreas Tonic helps to reduce the numbness, tingling, and pain in the legs & feet.

Malfunctioning Pancreas gland. SYMPTOM: People keep treating the symptom while the cause of malfunctioning Pancreas , keeps on deteriorating.

Writing in the Rain

The full impact of a Northern California winter rain storm is upon us.  The persistent relaxation effect of this occurence allows me the time to organize thoughts toward another writing project.  Other expectations of me have subsided for the time being.  Armed with a warm cup of tea and a trusty laptop, my eyes cannot help but wander out the window, appreciating this natural circumstance.  Sure, it sounds good.  However, my concentration escapes me.  My muse is playing in the rain!

Press Release! Press Release!

Consider this a [good] warning. Writing a Press Release for me has been intimidating. Not having used this form of communication since opening a sole-proprietorship in 1992, here I go again! I have been told time and time again that a Press Release is necessary. A Press Release has also been requested of me in order to share announcments in newsletters and newspapers. So be it – I will do it. However, much procrastination accompanies this task. You know what? I think I will have lunch and think further about my task-to-goal. Hmm. Would you care to join me? Two heads – or more – are always better than one! Thanks.

Check out

Amid the four pages of my website, there is the “Welcome” that I extend to you along with the “Biography;” a most interesting “Forecast”, and the “Contact” segment.  Bringing your attentions to this last segment, I have announced that the pre-order book release date will be January 22, 2010.  I wish to share this exciting news with you!  I look forward to hearing from you!  A. K. Buckroth.

Apidra (Insulin) Bottles

After having a bout with “insulin sensitivity” – another one of those confounding and numerous ‘sicknesses’ involved with diabetes, my endocrinologist gave me Apidra.  Due to using a buffered insulin called Novolog in my insulin pump for the last eight years, I felt it was time for a change.   I mean,  I physically could feel it was time for a change.  My  Novolog use had no longer fulfilled my expectations: blood sugar balancing.  It was just not working the way I wanted it to work!  My blood sugars were crazily sporadic for years until I went through a ‘bottoming-out period.’  After a reading of 512 with ketones, I was angry. 

As a pro-active and busy individual, my personal research into this quandary was self-convincing.  Sure, I was sick.  I blamed it on being ‘insulin sensitive.’  When my diabetes is out of control, not only is my body internally and outwardly ill, but my mind and spirit follow suit.  I can feel it.  My soul hurt.  I had to strongly convince this latest doctor that my insulin be changed.

As mentioned in “My Diabetic Soul – An Autobiography,” a partial and personal belief to this conundrum involves the flippant hormone changes during menopause.  Through personal research once again, scientific research into this phase of a diabetic (woman’s) life is non-existent. You see, too many juvenile diabetics die before having the opportunity to experience this particular ‘adventure.’ 

The Apidra was a miracle solution!  After the first three hours of use, my blood sugar level not only dropped 200 points, but my self – inner and outer – became totally rejuvenated!  Amazing!  I could be happy once again!  Just a meagre three hours of use remedied months – months! – of issued fatigued and wearying fright.

After the initial focus of getting and maintaining wellness, I realized that storing and carrying this little vial of liquid preciousness was unexplainable. Throughout my life with this disease, insulin changes have occurred. No big deal.  But those vials were always the same shape and size, fitting perfectly into a necessary cold (refrigerate -able) carrying and storage case. However, Apridra vials are unique in shape and size.  They do not fit comfortably in any of the three carrying cases in my possession.

What to do?  Well, of course I researched wholesale and retail medical suppliers.  I even contacted the Apidra manufacturers. I was told “I know. I’m sorry.  We do not have a carrying case for that shape vial.”
Hmm.  As a Business major, my mind went to the learned topics of “marketing,” “forecasting,” “[consumer] forethought,” and [better] “product sales and distribution.”

Nothing has changed.  My requests go unheeded.  After four months of using this product, a much desired carrying case remains unavailable.
The design I have in mind is simple: expand the vial spaces in the existing case(s) specifically for the Apidra bottle.  Any takers?

Ahh, science.  Thank you for listening.

50-Year Medal

I am happy to share with you that I have been “awarded a 50-year Bronze Medal and Certificate to recognize the remarkable achievement of a successful life with insulin-dependent diabetes for half a century or more” from the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, Massachusetts.  How many people do you know that have done that?  I hope to be an inspiration to every diabetic as well as every person that has to deal with a life-threatening, terminal, disease.

Everyone knows someone with diabetes.

But everyone does NOT know about the Joslin Diabetes Center.   This fact continues to amaze me since the organization was founded in 1952.  The only one of its kind at the time, other organizations have repeatedly bloomed with the same underlying goal – raise money toward research for a cure of diabetes.

With that being said (written), here “are some facts about Joslin Diabetes Center’s Medal Program.  The awards are presented on an ongoing basis to people with diabetes who have been insulin-dependent continuously for at least 25 years.”

“* To date there have been approximately 2,663 50-Year Medals awarded by Joslin Diabetes Center since the program started in 1970.”

“* Since the program began, in addition to the above, over 648 certificates have been awarded to people who have been insulin-dependent for 25 to 49 years.”

“* Joslin Diabetes Center has awarded 50-Yeart medals medals to recipients throughout the world, including individuals from Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Hungary, Japan, Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, South America, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.”  I like to include myself here, as a representative of the United States — California distinctly.

“* [The Joslin Diabetes Center] has awarded 26 distinctive 75-Year medals.  Recipients of this special honor include the following people in the United States: a man from Massachusetts in 1996; a man from Rhode Island  in 1999; a Florida woman in 2001; a Connecticut woman and a Washington state man — both in 2002; a Pennsylvania woman, a Georgia man, a Wisconsin woman, a Virginian man, Indiana woman and New York man in 2003; a New Zealand woman also in 2003; men from Ohio, Massachusetts, New York,and Pennsylvania in 2004; and a woman from Maryland in 2005; men from Massachusetts, New York and a woman from Washington state in 2006.”

You see, there is hope for a long, successful and progressive life with this disease.  But work has to be done.  A commitment to ones’ self has to be made.  The inspiration is you!

For more information about the medal/certificate program, contact:

Joslin Diabetes Center, Medalist Study, One Joslin Place, Boston, MA, 02215

Phone: (617) 713-3481; Fax: (617) 713-3483; E-mail:

Good Luck!


50-Year Bronze Medal!

Strategizing with diabetes and life for half a century, I am proud to announce that I have been awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate. Short of boasting, this honor confirms that I have been recognized for a remarkable achievement of a successful life with insulin-dependent diabetes. This fact, along with the life-saving and scientific development of oncoming facts concerning this disease, has inspired a prelude to another book. My brief biography may be found at  I would like to commend all diabetics and their families for coping with this disease.  It certainly has been a challenge, but a blessed one.