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Shut Up! Paula Deen Has Diabetes?

Yesterday, Paula Deen came forward and said that she had type 2 diabetes and had recently become the spokesperson for some diabetic drug. Although it was widely suspected that Deen was diabetic and others (Anthony Bourdain) had publicly slammed her cooking style and recipes, she waited until 3 years after her diagnosis to make a public statement.

What floored me are the comments that I read (and you can still read) on any electronic version of the article discussing her announcement. Somehow, people are far more uneducated about a disease that affects about one third of the populace. Many of the comments slammed Deen's cooking style (lots of butter) and how she ate that resulted in her developing type 2 diabetes. I am not surprised to be honest, unless you know someone or you yourself have a medical condition that you know much about how the disease process works, and this is for any disease.

Paula Deen's cooking is a style of cooking. Unless you are part of her family and wer…

Dear Dr. Pepper: What Did You Win?

Plano-based Dr. Pepper, please explain to me what it is that you won by shutting down the bottling operations in Dublin (Texas) of their sugar cane-based Dr. Pepper, most commonly known as Dublin Dr. Pepper.

The Dr Pepper/Snapple Group reached a "settlement" with the Dublin-based bottling group in which the smaller, locally owned Dublin Dr Pepper group agreed to not make, bottle, or sell anything with the name or logo of Dublin Dr Pepper on it and also cease selling their pure cane sugar form of the Dr Pepper drink.

I don't drink Dr Pepper or what was once Dublin Dr Pepper, so for me this isn't about some better-tasting product or a better-priced product. This is about how a big corporation, who had nothing to fear from the small business, forced the said small business to shut down its production and in the process layoff 14 workers and essentially destroy Dublin tourism and their tradition of renaming the town "Dr Pepper" every summer in honor of their b…