The liberal media machine has nothing politically relevant or important to exploit and spin to demonize Mike Huckabee, following his announced intentions to seek the GOP nomination for the 2016 United States presidential race, that it has attempted to accomplish the same feat by using his ties to alleged cures for cancer and diabetes. As usual, liberals have distorted the facts.
The liberal media actually first used these connections in January, 2015, when it widely claimed Huckabee was selling a Biblically-based cancer cure, the Matthew 4 Protocol. This has always been simply a tall tale because he never sold or had anything directly to do with the selling of any such “cure;” rather has been Brian Chambers and Dr. Mark Stengler hawking the supposed cancer cure to addresses on Huckabee’s email list, to which they acquired access from the presidential hopeful’s practice of leasing it out to third parties, who use it to pitch their products, sometimes even using Huckabee’s letter head. To put it simple, neither Huckabee nor his company are affiliated with or endorse, directly or indirectly, Chambers, Stengler or their product. Huckabee recently defended this practice, in an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN, saying he does not directly rent his list out but delegates that responsibility to employees running that aspect of his company and that it may be leased to individuals or companies whose products he or his business do not endorse, much like CNN likely sells advertisement space for products it or its employees may not use or support, pointing to examples of “catheters or adult diapers.” Tapper accused Huckabee of making a “false equivalence” by comparing legitimate “medical devices” to what “a lot of people would consider to be hucksterism in terms of Bible verses curing cancer.” Of course the Biblical cancer cure is a scam but I do agree with Huckabee on the two latter points he makes. He is an equal opportunity business man renting his email list to anyone willing to pay his price and he is not responsible for what these third parties do with it, much like, say, a car rental company is not responsible for what customers do with their vehicles. I also do not believe he is manufacturing a “false equivalence.” While what is going on in these emails may be “hucksterism,” it is no different than what most advertisers do daily, including those promoting legitimate medical devices or medication that you see on any mainstream network. Many studies, like in the New England Journal of Medicine, for example, warn of the dangers of direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertisements of pharmaceuticals and medical devices because the information they provide often misleading and confuses the viewer but simultaneously stimulate demand for those products. This is not to defend the emails but to point out that attacks on him for allowing them are unfair and hypocritical.
To hold Huckabee accountable for what these third parties unaffiliated with him promote is, then, wrong and pointless. The real problem that should be addressed is that private information is being leased out in the first place, but unfortunately it has mostly escaped the media’s radar. Although not illegal, it is unethical, and I agree with both conservatives and liberals who have condemned this practice; but let us be frank, the sole reason most liberals have castigated him on this latter issue is because he is a member of the Opposition, and this is proven every time they defend or fail to call out their comrades for doing the exact same things for which they hold others to account. For example, Democrat Andrew Cuomo “rented” his email list out to HarperCollins to promote his book and Obama allowed access to his email list, containing 13-million addresses, to Organizing for America, who then used it to advertise merchandise, like Obama coffee mugs and scarves; both of these incidents went virtually unnoticed by the liberal media, Democrats and their supporters.
Liberals are now furthering this assault by targeting Huckabee’s endorsement of a supposed dubious, ineffective, pseudo-scientific $20 “cure” for diabetes called “Diabetes Reversed” (aka Diabetes Solution Kit). While it is true that he has commended this product, it is false to say it is touted as a cure. Rather, it prescribes a wholesale lifestyle and dietary change, or as Huckabee calls them “(t)echniques,” that can “significantly reduce your diabetes symptoms,” including “substituting healthy foods to replace unhealthy foods, or healthy lifestyle habits to replace unhealthy habits.” In other words, it focuses on ways to take better care of yourself, which Huckabee freely admits is how he lost 100 pounds. Such recommendations are not pseudo-scientific; proper changes to lifestyle and diet have been proven effective in preventing, managing and even reversing diabetes, and are among the first steps patients are advised to undertake to deal with their diabetic or pre-diabetic conditions by responsible, competent physicians and relevant organizations.
It appears, however, that the main issue with Huckabee attackers regarding this product is its endorsement of dietary supplements to manage diabetes, like cinnamon and chromium picolinate, which certain medical organizations, including the American Diabetes Association, do not believe work and thus do not recommend. It should be noted that it is only because these supplements have not been “conclusively demonstrated” effective that they are not sanctioned by organizations like the ADA. Numerous studies show certain supplements, including cinnamon (for example, 1, 2, 3) and chromium picolinate (for example, 1, 2, 3, 4) may be beneficial for certain diabetic conditions. Simply because these results are not conclusive does not mean they should not be tried, perhaps as a first step, particularly for less serious diabetic cases and conditions, and integrated as part of a wider treatment program that includes conventional medication, dietary and lifestyle changes. In fact, Huckabee admits, “dietary supplements” are only “(o)ne of the elements of the plan…(b)ut it’s not the fundamental thing.” These supplements have few to no side effects so if they work then they are much safer alternatives to traditional medications for diabetes, many of which have been shown to have a number of potentially life-threatening side effects. For example, rosiglitazone (Avandia), has been “associated with a significant increase in the risk of myocardial infarction and with an increase in the risk of death from cardiovascular causes that had borderline significance.” Even artificial sweeteners commonly used by diabetics have been shown to potentially have negative side effects, including, ironically, contributing to type II diabetes. However, organizations like the ADA have no issue with prescribing such medications and sweeteners.
Ultimately, this is a smear campaign by liberals misrepresenting, distorting and fabricating details of alleged past product pitches and endorsements that are completely irrelevant to Huckabee’s political platform or his ability as president. It is a desperate attempt by liberals, who were humiliated in the 2014 midterms, to discredit someone they realize is a serious contender for the 2016 presidential race.