Don't Be Misled: Pancreas Tonic is Not a CureIn January 1999, a major US television network ran a program that included a segment about a product called "Pancreas Tonic." The company selling the product claims the product may be a cure for diabetes. Advertised on infomercials, Pancreas Tonic costs US$30 per month and offers no guarantee of anything whatsoever. Before you spend your money on Pancreas Tonic or other products that make claims such as this, ask your diabetes team.
Pancreas Tonic is not a substitute for your prescription for glucose control. If you decide to use Pancreas Tonic, it should be taken in addition to your regular prescription for glucose control.
The following links will help you learn more:
- Question about "Pancreas Tonic" submitted to the Diabetes Team
Published 26 March 1998, nearly one year before the recent television broadcast
- Additional questions about alternative therapies
Questions about various alternative therapies
- Alternative Medicine -- The Risks of Untested and Unregulated Remedies
From the New England Journal of Medicine
Your Guide to Health Fraud, Quackery, and Intelligent Decisions
- Pancreas Tonic Web Site
Quotes from the web site: "Therapy can take from 3-24 months or even more depending upon your condition and how religiously you take Pancreas Tonic as suggested." and "Nobody can guarantee how your body is going to respond to Pancreas Tonic."
- Antidiabetic effects of a dietary supplement "Pancreas Tonic"
Abstract from J Natl Med Assoc 1998 Oct;90(10):614-8
- Transcript from Extra television program
The contents of this link changes often.
- American Diabetes Association Statement Regarding "Pancreas Tonic"
Posted 21 January 1999
Updated 7 February 1999
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