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The author of the following e-mail sifted through the the pages of this web site and sent this note to the first e-mail address on the page. In several cases, the note came to Children with Diabetes. I am publishing the sender's name in an attempt to prevent this kind of abuse in the future. To those who also received her unsolicited commercial e-mail, I apologize for the intrusion and hope that this person's irresponsible action does not unduly color your impression of children with DIABETES or the potential for the Internet to have a positive impact on people's lives.

Received on 25 May 1997
From: E'laine Schelske [e-mail address withheld]
To: [e-mail address withheld]
Subject: Do you know a diabetic?

To [name withheld]:

I am writing to tell you about a New All Natural Product that is
normalizing blood sugar levels in Diabetics.  For information, send me
your name and a mailing address.


E'laine Schelske

An Open Letter from Dr. William Quick, Medical Director, Children with Diabetes

Dear E'laine:

A copy of your e-mail message promoting "a New All Natural Product that is normalizing blood sugar levels in Diabetics" was forwarded to me. Your actions in sending unsolicited e-mail to the kids who have e-mail addresses at the Children with Diabetes website is thoroughly despicable.

And to request "your name and a mailing address" is clearly an attempt to use the Postal System in your scam, which may be illegal, and which might get these children onto mailing lists that they and their parents would never want to be on.

Sending this solicitation to children, promoting a product that clearly is quackery, is absolutely inexcusable.

William W. Quick, MD
Medical Director
Children with Diabetes


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