We old-timers of TIMS know just how enamoured Ian is with the UK MS establishment. Nirvana to Ian would be swaggering down Oxford Street arm in arm with Dr Coles on one side and Dr Compston on the other.
The CCSVI 'open-minded' members of TIMS are very appreciative of all Joan has done to dig into and communicate the mystery of CCSVI and its possible connection to MS. She should be well-recognised for her magnificent contribution. Maybe she could even relocate to the UK where Ian's boss could put Joan's sword to good use and knight her! An operatic Dame Joan has a certain ring about it.
However, I do agree with Ian regarding the danger of extensive promotion of CCSVI, at this early stage, through the mass media. I think it's a real problem. Do people really think that items in the Mirror, Huffington Post, CTV or other Murdoch-inspired media outlets are really going to bring more genuine doctors on board with CCSVI? Rather to date, all it seems to have done is to send hoards of MSers into a crazy feeding-frenzy. At this stage, we don't need more patients on board with CCSVI, but more doctors. To think that Simka, Dake, Zamboni etc are each receiving thousands of communications a day from hopeful patients, must be counter-productive. Where will it all end?
Cheer says we are presently building a CCSVI lifeboat, but all I see is people scouring the decks of the M.S.Titanic with megaphones, telling everyone to jump ship into a lifeboat that's not even built yet!
We all know how medical science works - steady as she goes........
I say no more media stories, but each of us who has a sense of commitment to CCSVI, should be ernestly beavering away behind the scenes to assist the already committed doctors whilst individually doing the one-percenters needed to bring other likely new doctors into the CCSVI loop.