I just concluded my interview with Dr. Faustman a few minutes ago and, let me tell you, it was one of the most informatvie, stimulating conversations I’ve had in quite some time. She has an engaging personality and put things in terms a layperson can understand.
I’m working on a series of posts which I’ll roll out starting Monday (one per day), but I can you this much right now. She has found a cure for type 1 diabetes in mice, with end-stage forms of the disease. The cure involves a readily available compound known as BCG.
Her discovery was so ground breaking it was considered “disruptive.” As a result, funding has had to come through private donors, with Lee Iacocca providing the majority of it.
Our series of posts will cover details related to her research, which involves two arms, issues surrounding the funding dilemma, whether her research has bearing on both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and what diabetics can do today to improve their chances of living a healthy life.