Yes, I know (regarding your points about Betaseron), but I also know Dr. Sam Hunter personally (he's more open minded than it appears. Remember, he's the doctor who discussed and prescribed desipramine to me, and HE'S the one who had me do all the research on it in the first place, found no flaws in it, and he's the first one who said we definitely needed to do more research studies on it.) (If anyone wants to check Dr. Hunter out, his website is at www.neurosci.us
He's the one who worked with Rodriguez and Lucchinetti at the Mayo, and worked with Sriram and Moses at Vanderbilt.)
Anyway, the main points I was stressing were the data he presents regarding benign MS and mild MS, etc. He does, though, believe in early treatment (but as I said, he's a little more open as to what the early treatment is that you should use. He tends to actually prefer Rebif for a lot of people. He recommended Copaxone, though, to me, until we experimented with desipramine.)
If you listened closely, Sam does at one point say quickly how the interferons don't work for long. I found that interesting and surprising that they left that "opinion" of his in the presentation.
Anyway, purely because I know Sam, and his background in MS is so vast and impressive, etc., was why I referred arai to his presentation. His "numbers" and percentages regarding when, how, etc. benign and/or mild MS tends to become worse (statistically) would be correct. His practice consists of somewhere around 600 MS patients (to my understanding) and he has been specializing in MS since he started med school. Some of the research he did back in the 80s in MS found some of what some researchers NOW are claiming as "new" discoveries.
So.............would his information be reliable? I'd have to say yes. (And if ANYBODY gives/gave Dr. Hunter a "hard time", it was me.)