Given the enormous upside of type 2 diabetes remission for patients, I’ve been wondering why the idea is so slow to catch on. Here’s a poem that just might explain it.
Note: The poem is based on an early medieval poetic form as found in Gerard Murphy’s book, ‘Early Irish Metrics.’
Who Makes Money from Diabetes? Drug purveyors, corporations, pill for every complication, physicians, their receptionists, dieticians, nutritionists, technicians for dialysis, blood and urine analysis, the nurses and the pharmacists nephrologists, neurologists, for eyes, the ophthalmologists, optometrists, chiropodists, for joints the rheumatologist, of course the cardiologists, the gastroenterologists, orthopaedic technologists, occupational therapists. No feet? Please see the prosthetist. Managers, administrators, life and diet educators, nurses trained in diabetics, ambulances, paramedics, surgeons, endocrinologists, intensivists and internists, for X-rays, radiologists, the anaesthesiologists, urologists, oncologists, podiatrists, pathologists, the dentists, gynaecologists, psychiatrists, psychologists. When stressed, a massage therapist, a sleep disorder specialist - snoring? Buy a respirator. Shoe and wheelchair fabricators, physios for exercises, strips and lancets enterprises, monitors, logs, magnifiers, bandages, syringe suppliers, tracking apps and injectables, accountants chase collectables. Have insurance? Compensation keeps the cash in circulation. Academics, statisticians, lobbyists, and politicians, people writing regulations, those supported with donations, fundraisers, associations, drug purveyors, corporations. by K. Fionn Murphy
Ancient Irish Poetic Form:
Form: 84 84 84 84 **
Rhyme scheme: A B A B
Dúnad: First word, phrase, or full line (considered best) is repeated at the end of the poem.
Úaim: Alliteration where possible. The poet in the example below alliterates every non rhyming word with the previous rhyming word.
Example: Rí Achaid Úir ibardraignig/ crathaid in lúin lethanmerlig/ ocon maigin muiredruimnig/ Laigin ina lebargemlib.
* Meaning (perhaps): great bardic craft
** I wasn’t able to manage it completely…
Source: Early Irish Metrics, by Gerard Murphy