These people do not want me to get better. These people want me to leave veins in my neck alone, even if they are too narrow to carry enough blood to drain my brain. It is a circulatory problem, and I suspect fixing it will be very good for me. It will not, however, confirm any diagnoses or opinions on the progress of the disease that they have theorized for me. It will not make anybody any OHIP billings. It will not sell any DMDs. So I am to be allowed to remain ill.
That is one quarrel I have with our old buddy Hippocrates. "Do no harm" is all very well and good, but it leaves a bit of a loophole. Are we our brothers' keepers? I guess not. I prefer a healer who actively does things to improve health. I also think that harm can be done with words, ideas, and communication, that is far worse than what can be done to a single individual. A lot of people think that is OK when they are not at the office with their stethoscope on.
The other problem with bogus petulant foot-dragging due to inabiilty to face reality is that when practiced by powerful people, the result is that the machinery of science and of legitimate inquiry is gummed up and stalled, meaning that people like me may have to wait it out our entire human existences before the logjams are cleared. I don't have any suggestions for that. All I can do is keep my fingers crossed.
Nobody is buying the placebo thing anymore. Everybody knows the truth. It's easy.
You want me to stay sick? If I can't come up with the cash, I will. You want those high-EDSS sick people to just keep on dying? They will.
It won't stay that way forever. Things will change.
"Try - Just A Little Bit Harder" - Janis Joplin
CCSVI procedure Albany Aug 2010
'MS' is over - if you want it
Patients sans/without patience