What we are treated with: Diagen
How manufacturers try to zombie retirees with promises based on the action of bear bile and fungus, zombie ants, why medical research institutes do not recognize “innovative development” and whether free medicine can harm patients, we tell in a new article in the section “How we are treated”.
Advertisements about miracle drugs are often distributed among older people – some send it to the post office, others find information on the Internet, and others find out about advertising from friends and relatives. A vivid example is the diabetes drug Diagen, which, according to the manufacturer, is also distributed free of charge “under the state program”.
From what, from what
The site promises that Diagen helps get rid of diabetes “at the cellular level”, restores sensitivity to insulin (which is impaired in type 2 diabetes) and adjusts the synthesis of this hormone in 30 days (which is important for type 1 diabetes), dissolves fat deposits and cures everything organ damage due to diabetes. To prevent this, they propose to order the drug by mail with a phone call, and they also promise the first batch for free (only today, there are only a couple dozen packs left). It would seem that what could go wrong: if Diagen does not work, it is offered for free …
But in fact, only one of the names of miracle means sounds almost like the name of an ancient Greek philosopher. Dozens of other sites with the same words and pictures advertise the product under other names – for example, Difort or Difosulin. What does the drug consist of? You won’t know exactly about this: on no “official” website (someone was too lazy and found about 90 subdomains for Difort alone) there are no instructions for use and a clear structure. But on some of these sites managed to collect information: the basis of the “herbal” drug – bear bile, cordyceps mushroom and tryptophan. How many in one dose of active substances (or at least these three complex components) is unknown.
The Cochrane Library is the database of the international non-profit organization Cochrane Collaboration, which is involved in the development of guidelines for the World Health Organization. The name of the organization comes from the name of its founder, the 20th century Scottish medical scientist Archibald Cochrane, who defended the need for evidence-based medicine and competent clinical trials and wrote the book “Efficiency and Effectiveness: Random Thoughts on Health Care”. Medical scientists and pharmacists consider the Cochrane database one of the most authoritative sources of such information: the publications included in it have been selected according to the standards of evidence-based medicine and talk about the results of randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials.
Ursodeoxycholic bile acid, called Latin ursus (the bear from which it was first extracted), is the only drug approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for various conditions with impaired bile production, and even The Cochrane Review is dedicated. True, the conclusions of the authors are not encouraging: it was not possible to avoid liver transplantation and reduce mortality. Basically, the effect of bile in medicine is either not associated with diabetes, but with diseases of the gallbladder, or, in addition to the aforementioned scarce data, is demonstrated only at the level of some tissues, and this, as we recall, is not a reason to prescribe it to people.