Hi Dom,TwistedHelix wrote:...came across as quite condescending and insulting. Most of us here are struggling with MS in some way: either as sufferers or those who watch, (and also suffer), their loved ones falter and fail against this relentless onslaught hour after hour, year after year. One of the few things we can do to maintain a sense of control is to try and understand this disease, and also to try and translate the bits of research we hear about and fit the pieces together into a jigsaw that spells out "hope". Still, at least it keeps us busy.
Not to pick sides either way because I know you've taken into consideration that Tony's english isn't perfect.
I guess my point is that he might have worded it better but what he's saying is true. Although I'm not among them, we have some very smart people on this site who are completely capable of understanding any information thrown at them, but we are forced to deal only with the abstracts.
Case in point, imagine someone having any kind of confidence that they are familiar with the song "Stairway to Heaven because they've listened to the 15 second sample on Amazon.com music That's kind of the info we're basing some of our opinions on with these abstracts.
That doesn't mean that we aren't capable of understanding, that doesn't mean that it isn't natural for us to utilize any available scraps of information we can gather in the quest to understand something which either has or might well devastate us, but it does mean that we honestly aren't getting the complete picture. I personally think it's a sin that the journals don't offer affordable access to MS victims.
It ought to be a right and maybe the 3,200 some odd members of thisisms should petetion sciencedirect or pubmed for the right to view articles that are pertinent to their well being.