Essentially, the problem with Fred is (1) he violated TOS on the ADA boards when he tried to sell his books and services. For whatever reason, he has not been banned (I would have banned him); (2) when people tried to have a reasoned conversation with him, trying to engage him on the level of ideas, he responded by nastily slamming people or twisting the conversation, claiming he didn’t say things when he actually did; and (3) he makes claims that cannot be validated, such as he’s been on the Today Show (I looked and can’t find him, but I haven’t checked the Wayback Machine, either). He appears to be a liar and fraud, based on what he has written.
My other complaint about him is more basic. Imagine I came to your house, ate your food, used your computer, slept on your furniture, etc. Then imagine I complained loudly about you, about everything you were doing, telling anyone and everyone who came to your house or work that what you were doing was wrong, incorrect, bad, etc. Well, that’s essentially what Fred is doing. He’s entered the ADA’s electronic “house” and he’s using the service that the people who donate money to the ADA have paid for and he’s calling the ADA names in their own home. You wouldn’t tolerate that sort of behavior in your home; why should the ADA?
Lastly, to address the issue of the purported type 1 who “cured” herself by eating low carb…that is an anecdote, and anecdotes are not proof. It is also in a consumer source (I’d be inclined to call most books and magazines directed at consumers these days to be less than tertiary sources). There is no way to validate the story, therefore, as a piece of scientific evidence and as something on which I’d want to bet my life (which is what I would be doing if I were to follow her lead), as a former PhD student, I would say it’s less than acceptable. And if you were writing a paper for me when I was teaching, and I’d asked you to use only professional sources, I’d reject that as a source. Why? Well, let me tell you about my neighbor’s boyfriend. He had a massive heart attack this year – the one they call “the widowmaker”. He was lucky to survive. His doctors have increased his dose of a blood pressure medication (don’t know which one). Over the past few months, though, he’s started finding himself increasingly tired, sick to his stomach, and dizzy. He heard from a friend that it “has” to be the blood pressure medications and he should take only half of his pill. It worked for his friend, so of course, it should work for him, right? Oh, and he didn’t consult his dr before doing this. Think that’s a smart move?
Because people hear/read information on the net that is wildly incorrect, and because there are people who do act upon one or two wildly incorrect things (like my neighbor) or who take an anecdote as proof (like my neighbor), IMO, it is incumbent on the people who do have knowledge of a topic to try to ensure that the knowledge is properly disseminated. At least that’s my opinion. You’re always free to disagree.