Thanks for posting that. Interesting.
Wow, deja vu all over again! It brings back bad memories of graduate school in Milwaukee when we had to go to a Milwaukee slaughterhouse to get fetal calf thymus for purifying histones for our research. (Thymus is rich in leukocytes which have a high nucleus/cell volume ratio, which means we get more histones/DNA per cell for our histone/DNA research, ie. easier to purify.)
It winds up that, one theory I heard, was that the Cryptosporidium outbreak in Milwaukee in 1993 originated from that slaughterhouse from having cow stomach waste drain into a ravine that dumped into Lake Michigan. There was a water intake in the lake that was supposed to be 2 miles off shore but was only built 1/2 mile off shore. And so the theory was that effluent from the slaughterhouse may have been getting into the lake too near the water intake. 300,000 people got sick from drinking the water and many people with compromised immune systems (HIV, cancer-related immune-suppression, old people) died. I was sick too. Anyway, I think epidemiologists should be permanently stationed at slaughterhouses to keep track and analyze what is occurring at these early stage food-preparation sites that could impact our food supplies and our health.
But, Bob, you really got me to imagining.
We've got east coast Art 'Boston' Mellor working on MS, we've got west coast Montel 'LA' Williams working on MS. Why don't they get together and create a TV show on disease research? They could have a team of young, good-looking epidemiologists who rehash historic outbreaks of diseases (each episode: Faroe Islands and MS, or Florida Keys and MS, or Minneapolis and pig brain cooties, or Milwaukee and Cryptowhatchamacallit, etc.). The team could present the facts known about an outbreak and then present the hypotheses about the cause. There could then be links posted at the end of the show to WebMD, Accelerated Cure, Montel's website, or other sources for further information about the possible causes. What if you could get Hugh 'Dr. House' Laurie to host it, or at least put his interest into it? We've seen how successful and interesting the shows are on testing urban legends and off-beat theories. And recently I saw that there is a corny show about a team of UFO investigators who rehash old UFO sightings. Intriguing. The disease research show would need credibility though. It would be good to occasionally visit MS or at least autoimmune topics. I would think that the success of 'House' and the 'Myth-Busters' could be combined into a show about disease research with: individual patient's stories; re-enactments of historic outbreak hysteria stories; arrogant 'expert' opinions (note my contempt for mainstream thought); and precisely timed breaks for sponser advertisements to keep the tension building. That's where the Hollywood TV professionals are good at building the intensity in a show.
How about it Art? A bee in your bonnet so to speak. An idea for a TV series on diseases, perhaps with MS as a frequent topic? Perhaps a single show or a series on the development of the Accelerated Cure and where it intends to get us? Boston public television or Hollywood as the producers? Go for it. Isn't there some connection between MS and a relative of Mitt Romney? He might be running again in 2012. Wouldn't hurt if he was interested in bringing more attention to MS research.
I guess I'm doing too much thinking tonight.