Johnson wrote:I do not want to get into any peeing matches (actually, I do, but I don't have the time or energy), but Doc Flanagan was invited here, and is presenting his point of view. I write all the time "in my view"," in my opinion", etc., and so do most. An hypothesis is presumed from that preamble. The propositions are always open for debate, but why trot out hyperbole such as 'Trust me. I'm a doctor'. I have read of Dr. Flanagan's hypothesis long before it appeared here on TiMS, and nowhere has he suggested to trust him because he is a doctor. If what he puts forth rings true to an individual, they can pursue it. Obviously, costumesnational has found something in it, and others too, perhaps. It rings true as part of the puzzle of "MS" for me (disclaimer: I only have para-medic training and a freaking curiosity for ideas). Maybe it does not for others. I also believe that chronic bacterial infection plays a part, and that an infinite universe means infinite possibility. Invite me to a forum, and I might discuss it (with no authority, or conviction).
If you disagree with Dr. Flanagan's hypothesis, refute it eloquently and understandably, or STFU. Are you a Doctor of Medicine? On what authority do you assault a genuine idea? Have you read Dr. Flanagan's book? (you can probably read it for free at the library, and excerpts on his website)
C'mon, it's Spring in Australia. Cheer up.
uprightdoc wrote:Your head is way off balance and it is sitting on a stack of books. It is better to bring it back in balance by working on the top book then trying to pull out books from lower down.
uprightdoc wrote: I strong suspect your are compressiong your anterior and posterior spinal arteries as well but that's another story.
uprightdoc wrote:One of you asked for the basic thesis of my book. The thesis is that there is a myriad of inherited and acquired types of disorders and degenerative conditions of the spine, especially the upper cervical spine and base of the skull that can disrupt the venous drainage system resulting in chronic edema, ischemia and normal pressure hydrocephalus. These conditions can in turn initiate a cascade of neurodegenerative processes, such as the glutamate cascade, and subsequent diseases. Upright posture predisposes humans to neurodegenerative diseases. It has to do with the unique design of the skull, spine and circulatory system of the brain due to upright posture.
Actually "venous back pressure" is not a new term. I have been discussing it for over twenty-five years. In fact, one of the chapters in the book is called Acute versus Chronc Back Pressure. Blockage of the dural sinuses as a cause of normal pressure hydrocephalus is not new either. Researchers have considered it for decades but could never find the source of the blockage. But they never looked outside the skull. The role of the vertebral veins in upright posture is not my idea either. It comes from physical anthropology. I have forensic evidence of craniosynostosis that resulted in malformed jugular foramen and vertebral vein outlets that is sitting on my desk in front of me at the moment as I write.
I am very busy at this time woring on a new website to complement and expand the blog. I hope to make available PDF copies of my old papers going back to 1987 availble on the website. The papers will include all my sources and citations.
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