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John Walsh, host of "America's Most Wanted" since its 1988 debut -- and New York Times bestselling author of "Tears of Rage" and "No Mercy" -- is a longtime veteran of the battle for victims' rights. He and his wife, Reve, were central in the fight for passage of the federal Missing Children Act and the founding of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, as well as the enactment of hundreds of state and local laws.

Honored in Rose Garden ceremonies by three presidents, John Walsh has been selected as Man of the Year by dozens of law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Marshals, the National District Attorney's Association, and the FBI -- and, in 1992, became the first civilian to receive the prestigious Special Recognition Award of the U.S. Attorney General. American Portraits named him one of the 160 Americans who have made an outstanding contribution to the history of the United States. His proudest achievement, however: being named the nation's "Father of the Year" in 1985.

John is also the head of his own production company, Straight Shooter Productions; one of its first creations was the Emmy(R) AwardA-nominated prime-time children's special "Smart Kids."

RUTH ROBERTS trained as a newspaper reporter in her early twenties and worked for five years at the News of the World. Her 'Ruth Roberts' column ran in Christianity magazine for 3 years and she continues to contribute to it. She is married with 3 children.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Torrey Pines Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884804853
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884804854
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm an adult, and about two years ago, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

On my first-ever trip to an endocrinologist, I

-Practiced three times sticking a syringe into a round sponge

-Was told to take 3 units of insulin 3 times daily

-Was blessed and told "go thou out and be diabetic" (more or less)

This book is largely responsible for the fact that I did not perish after this thorough instruction, but instead have pretty good control (~6 A1C).

What I find most stands out about it is that it puts the responsibility for control where it exists in reality: the mind and body of the person living with diabetes. The tool for control is good data. This approach, and the direct and friendly voice of the author, helps it avoid being judgemental, or feeling as though the author is an omnipotent doctor helping a poor diabetic. This does not make it a useful book however, only a positive read.

What makes it useful, and the best book on using insulin I have encountered is its focus on the practical, on what works, and on results.

Examples:

- Focuses first on controlling lows (immediate safety), then on highs (long-term health)

- Stresses the importance of consistent data gathering, and even periodically testing my body's response to my basal insulin, which I have found to be central to my control from day to day.

- Teaches insulin uptake response and peaks, helping to be watchful for lows and highs and to understand blood glucose cause and effect

- Establishes key relationships between weight, carb response, insulin response and correction dosages that allowed me to control more closely, and correct more accurately when needed.

If I ever meet the authors of this book I will kiss them. And my spouse might, too.
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This book should be issued with each prescription for insulin that is written/filled in the U.S. It is absolutely the best material available written on a subject that can be complicated and daunting. "Using Insulin" is an essential requirement for anyone who has either just started insulin therapy or who has changed to a basal/bolus approach as the preferred DM treatment. "Using Insulin" will enable the reader to establish correct baseline and bolus dosing, especially with the newer insulins. I have used, and will use, this book to problem-solve various dosing and diet issues. It is an excellent problem solving guide with easy to understand calculations, formulas and strategies. This book is a valuable reference tool for diabetics. My only criticism is entirely subjective and has to deal with how technical information is written.
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As a diabetes educator, (nurse) I have read this book and learned new information. It is written to be easily understood by anyone and provides basic insulin information. It goes on to walk one through intensive insulin management, step by step. I recommend this book to all of my patients on insulin or soon to start.
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One of two books often suggested to diabetics being introduced to insulin therapy, "Using Insulin" suffers from the need for a major rewrite, but still has formulas and suggestions that are of use.

The book discusses at length two insulins: Lente and Ultralente, that were discontinued about 8 years ago. It gives scant coverage to Detemir as not yet being formally approved. This is known today as Levemir, and is a mainstay basal insulin.

Much coverage is given to NPH and Regular insulins, which are being challenged for usefulness by the true basal/bolus insulins. Insulin mixes, much discussed in this book are also becoming obsolescent.

Dated nutritional advice, such as recommendation for a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet, can easily mislead the insulin-using novice, as can the recommended reliance on the glycemic index, which can lead to blood glucose control issues.
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I saw this book on my Doctor's bookshelf, and paged through it for a few minutes while waiting for my appointment to get started. Just by being there, and appearing to have been thumbed thorough was a good enough recommendation for me to buy the book.

I was glad I did.

The Good Points:

For some reason, there is never any shortage of diabetes guidebooks that seem to be made up of opinion, oversimplifications, mythology, and just plain incorrect or misleading information. This is not one of them.

The material is reasonably well organized, adequately referenced, and presented in a clear, concise and understandable manner

The book touches on the actual mechanics of how insulin works in the body, how different types of insulin work, and the mechanics and constraints of taking insulin.

The Bad Points:

This is not a mass-market book. It takes a little bit of work to read and understand it. While not a medical textbook, it is also not a Readers Digest 300-word article. Be prepared to spend some time reading and mastering the material.

Summary:

This is a great book to understand how the body uses insulin, and how to mimic the body's own control mechanisms to control blood glucose. By the time you are done with this book, you should expect to be able to design a program of insulin injections that will keep your glucose in control no matter your lifestyle or diet.

You would certainly want to do that under the supervision of your medical provider, but don't be surprised if your grasp of the subject is as good or better than your doctor-at least for how insulin relates to your specific situation.

I'd recommend this book to anyone diabetic, or anyone living with a diabetic.
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