Lyon wrote:Thanks Jay.
Come to think of it, I took it for granted that Dr Gross is Dr Gross. Whether he is or not I still appreciate his obvious knowledge and thought processes, as I think the majority of us do.
I don't think any of us for a moment thought you were in kahoots with Dr Gross and I don't think the troll did/does either but his/her purpose is only to stir things up.
It's probably not necessary to explain further but a friend is John Fleming, neurologist at U of Wisconsin who is in the midst of a helminth/MS clinical trial and also co-wrote "Differential Diagnosis of MS" www.neurology.wisc.edu/publications/07_pubs/Neuro_2.pdf which mentions that mental illness is the most common MS misdiagnosis, which people with MS sometimes find upsetting. A couple of months ago I asked him to come to thisisms to give a clearer explanation of the relationship between mental illness and MS and he felt it better that doctors avoided patient internet sites.
I'm now glad that I didn't pursue the issue further by telling him that he'd be welcomed graciously at thisisms, but in the same light I'd really like to see Dr Gross treated with the respect I'd have wished John to receive.
It is a little bit surreal to read about how people wonder if one is oneself or not ... and, in a way, funny.
Dr. Fleming is well-known and has written a very readable brief pocketbook on MS that I would highly recommend. I met him once briefly years ago.
I am told that "sunwest" has experienced a most terrible pain, losing her child - she needs to be held with unconditional love in our hearts and, of course, she needs professional help also. When this much anger comes through in a posting, it usually is a "cry for help" and should never be taken in any personal way.
Karl F. Gross, MD