Fighting Continues on Multiple Fronts: FDA, DTC, Telcos, Hemochromatosis

by Stephen Cobb on March 27, 2011

The struggle continues

Sorry things have been a little slow lately here on Cobbsblog. I have been working pretty hard at the day job and on my “word warrior weekends.”

Let me quickly explain: I have been blogging and tweeting and Facebooking on multiple fronts for the past few weeks:

1. Petitioning the FDA to ignore the lobbying of doctors who want to end Direct-To-Consumer genetic testing (i.e. the kind of testing that enables you to find out if you have hereditary hemochromatosis even if your doctor doesn’t think you do). And I mean petition. Please read and  sign the petition when you have a chance. That would be much appreciated. Bear in mind that this possible FDA action affects everyone in America, not just hemochromatosis patients.

2. Raising the alarm about the efforts of large telecommunications companies (telcos) such as Time Warner Cable to ban community broadband networks. Yes, your urban cable company may be taking some of your monthly payment and using it to pay lobbyists fighting to squash local efforts to install broadband in places where the big telcos have failed to do so. Read more here.

3. Continuing to battle ignorance about hemochromatosis, as evidenced by this report on the Facebook page: “Husband recently diagnosed. Saw a gastro doctor today about a possible liver biopsy. He knew almost nothing about hemochromatosis.” And yet he, the doctor, probably makes over $200,000 a year.

I should also explain that’s not me with the raised arm in the painting (a free Fighting Hemochromatosis mug to the first person–friends and family excepted–who comments with the name of the original painting and artist).

More updates from the front lines as time permits…

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