American Diabetes Association: Conflict of Interest?


"The nation's leading nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy. The mission of the organization is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. To fulfill this mission, the American Diabetes Association funds research, publishes scientific findings, provides information and other services to people with diabetes, their families, health care professionals and the public." (; accessed 10/02/02)

The following is a list of corporate contributors in 2002:

Contributors of $750,000:

* Abbott Laboratories
* Aventis Pharmaceuticals
* BD Consumer Healthcare
* Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
* Eli Lilly and Company
* GlaxoSmithKline
* Lifescan, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company
* Medtronic MiniMed
* Merck & Co., Inc.
* Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
* Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals
* Pfizer Inc
* Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc.

Benning Corporate Sponsors:

* Abbott Laboratories, Inc., MediSense Products
* Bayer Corporation
* Kraft Foods
* Roche Diagnostics Corporation

Platinum Sponsors:

* Abbott Laboratories, Ross Product Division (Glucerna)
* AstraZeneca
* Dermik Laboratories, Inc.
* J.M. Smucker Company
* Merisant U.S., Inc. (Equal Sweetener)
* Olivio Premium Products
* Tenet Healthcare Foundation
* TheraSense, Inc.
* Wyeth Pharmaceuticals

Diamond Sponsors:

* Archway Cookies, LLC
* Coolbrands International, Inc. (Eskimo Pie)
* CVS/pharmacy
* Ebony Magazine
* Equidyne Systems, Inc.
* General Mills, Inc. (Fiber One)
* Good Neighbor Pharmacy
* Health Care Products
* Health Magazine
* Hermundslie Foundation
* KOS Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
* Murray Sugar Free Cookies
* Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.
* Orhto-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc.
* People Weekly Magazine
* Rite Aid Pharmacy
* Roche Pharmaceuticals
* Roundy's Inc.
* Schering Plough Healthcare Products, Inc.
* Specialty Brands of America (Cary's Sugar Free Cookies)
* The Procter & Gamble Company
* Voortman Cookies Limited
* Yahoo!


Every day since 1982, the National Vaccine Information Center has been contacted by countless numbers of mothers and fathers reporting deaths, brain injuries and chronic health problems following routine childhood vaccinations. The names and ages of the children change, but the descriptions of what happens to them are always the same. Following are a few examples of what parents have told us in their own words happened to their children after they were injected with MMR or rubella vaccine and developed juvenile diabetes.

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Diabetes at 15 Months Old

"My daughter, age 15 months, received her first MMR vaccine at a routine well-baby check-up. Prior to receiving the vaccine she had no health problems other than an occasional cold. Three weeks later she was diagnosed with Type I diabetes.

"At her check-up, the pediatrician warned me that in 7 to 10 days she might develop a fever and/or rash in reaction to the vaccine. Eight days later she developed a slight fever which I attributed to the vaccine.

"Over the course of that week she began drinking fluids to an excess degree. She was so thirsty that she drank 2-3 cupfuls at a time and then began wetting through her diapers, saturating her crib sheets. She also became lethargic.

"...her condition deteriorated rapidly...she had severe diarrhea and vomiting, which are signs of out-of-control diabetes...her weight had dropped from 21 pounds less than three weeks earlier to 17 pounds...after two days in intensive care, she was moved to a hospital room on the regular pediatric ward for five days while my husband and I were given a crash course on diabetes management."

"Today our daughter is 11 years old. She looks the picture of health and lives a seemingly normal life. She excels in school, baby-sits and is popular with school and neighborhood friends. But she is different. She is diabetic and diabetes does not go away.

She is rudely awakened every morning at 7 a.m. with a finger-prick to test her blood glucose levels and then receives her first injection of insulin. Four to five times a day she tests her blood sugar and twice a day she injects herself with insulin. This totals over 1600 finger pricks and 1100 injections each year (her dinnertime injection is really two injections since the two types of insulin she needs then cannot be mixed in one syringe).

She must eat regularly whether she is hungry or not in order to prevent insulin reactions. Occasionally she has experienced seizures during severe reactions. Common illnesses such as stomach viruses and strep throats demand a complete change in her regimen with the potential for hospitalization if her blood sugars go out of control."

"Diabetes-related medical expenses, for insulin, syringes, blood-testing materials, quarterly visits to a pediatric endocrinologist and an annual eye examination total over $1500 annually.

Although many diabetics are fortunate to live normal lifespans and lead full lives despite their illness, statistically speaking my daughter is at high risk as a diabetic for a number of health problems often experienced by diabetics after 10 or more years: blindness, nerve damage, kidney problems, circulatory problems (heart attacks and strokes), high risk pregnancies, amputation of limbs. On the average, diabetics' life expectancies are shortened by a third from the age of onset of diabetes.

Considering her young age at onset, 15 months, we can only pray that her regimen of insulin, diet, exercise and proper medical care will enable her to escape complications of diabetes and live a long life."

Diabetes at Nine Years Old

"My son received the rubella vaccine and within the reaction period he came down with diabetes mellitus.... My husband and myself feel very certain this vaccines caused diabetes in my son, who at the time was nine and a half years old."

High Fever, Seizures and Diabetes After MMR Shot

"Nine days after a MMR shot, my daughter suffered 105.6 degree temperature. She also suffered seizures periodically during the next 10 months. She then developed diabetes. I know the vaccine is directly related to her present medical condition."

Forced to Vaccinate 11 Year Old and Diabetes Follows

"Despite our protests, we were forced to comply with state law and have our 11 year old daughter re-vaccinated for rubella and measles. Up to the time that she was vaccinated, she was in good health. Within two months after the injection, she was admitted to the hospital with the diagnosis of juvenile diabetes mellitus. During those two months, there was no evidence of a viral infection or any other illness. I strongly feel that the shot triggered the diabetes and am aware of medical evidence supporting that."

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