Type 1 diabetes is not normally what is heard by the masses. Normally what is heard I just the word, “diabetes”, and when only diabetes is used (as opposed to distinguishing between types I and II) this conjures very distinct images in one’s mind. The stereotype is usually that of a geriatric patient or someone who is at least middle-aged and obese. This is drastically different fomr the young little girl we saw in this week’s YouTube video, and that’s the point: there is a stereotype associated with diseases and the general public does not know any better nor do they even know of the distinguishing factors that separates the subtypes of diabetes. So when it comes to patients seeking out treatment for diabetes, you would think that if the patient did not fit the particular stereotype for the disease then they may not even harbor the idea of having the disease and thus not seek treatment out of ignorance
I really don’t think that the stereotype that the general public has is a deterrent at all when it comes to seeking medical treatment for type I diabetes. It’s a legitimately documented medical condition that needs to be treated regularly or else the person might die or suffer irreversible damage neurological damage. When it comes to young children such as Anna, I think it takes a very mature person to be able to look at a disease like diabetes and accept the new life style changes that need to be made. Children can be quite cruel and apathetic and I would assume that some amount of bullying could deter younger patients from correctly utilizing the proper treatment. It’s also not exactly liberating for an adolescent to have to wear a pump. This is no doubt another factor that compounds to the already limiting effects of this disease.
In terms of belief and faith healing, I think one thing holds true in all cases: The body has the ability to heal itself. Now whether or not that ability is truly being expressed in a patient’s body or not is a different question. But the fact remains that the individual with the elephant skin had his condition clear up within a week’s time. His body had the mechanisms already built in to rid itself of the disease, the mechanisms just weren’t being utilized yet. If one were to fall and scrape one’s knee, you would find that within a few days the cut would heal, this is an intrinsic property of life. The elephant skin man’s condition was no different. If these mechanisms reside in the body (which they do), and the body is governed and under the ultimate control of the nervous system, then it does stand to reason that the patient’s invested emotions in a particular healing method could be enough to “jump start” the nervous system and put forth the necessary motions (by way of already established healing mechanisms) to rectify the patient’s condition.