I’m a member of that group but rarely visit. I joined back in 2015 when I started to use Afrezza. A relatively non-controversial comment, I thought, about my Afrezza use brought a dismissive and negative comment from a site leader. Afrezza is not embraced by Dr. Bernstein, as far as I know, but doesn’t seem to conflict with his value system. At this site, disagreeing with Dr. Bernstein is a serious breech of their culture.
I admire the glucose results they get; their community was used as the basis for a study of low-carb adherents and their A1c results. I don’t admire their lack of tolerance for dissenting views. But they built their community and used this intolerance as a widely public value. Their house, their rules – my choice is whether to participate or not.
I think that frank discussion of any philosophy or set of rules benefits that philosophy if it is built on fundamental truth and value. I don’t get why any group would reflexively expel any who criticize.
I think humans can coarsely and generally be divided into authoritarians and those who question authority. Authoritarians and their much more numerous followers become uncomfortable with any challenges to their belief system. They often cheer when a challenger receives summary justice – in this case denying your entrance to the group but often when members are expelled for simply questioning the basis of the belief system.
This group does good work, especially for the frightened parents of young T1Ds who find this safe harbor to work out a way forward that’s healthy and sustainable for their children. I do think that good glucose control is much healthier than poor glucose control.
I wouldn’t take undue offense, @Lemonz. The core principles of Dr. Bernstein are shared by many outside of this group. I’m one of them but I do disagree with some of Bernstein’s philosophy. For example, I choose to follow a low-carb, high-fat diet while he espouses low-carb, high-protein, not a huge distinction. Dr. Bernstein is not a fan of insulin pumps either, although I know many of his followers do use insulin pumps. I wouldn’t volunteer to give up my automated insulin dosing system based on an insulin pump.
The internet is a big place. While people often like exclusivity, there are plenty of online communities to provide a forum for you to learn, exchange information, and provide support.