I am both surprised and disappointed by your post. It could start yet another abx squabble that I personally don’t think is necessary or helpful.
I don't see how a "squabble" on any of them prevents discussion in others.
Some of my thoughts on this…
I am tired of the squabbles.
To the extent that the primary interest of ThisIsMS members is abx, and I think it is, with wholehearted support, at the acknowledged expense of other members, I become less interested and/or motivated in dedicating any time and/or energy to participate in other discussions. Instead of posting, I can spend time off line on advocacy issues re: MS.
I am tired, worn down, and worn out, of what I perceive to be the negative labels and lack of respect afforded anyone who decides not to try abx. “a fine excuse to point a finger,”
are but the latest.
ThisIsMS members have branded me as stupid and an idiot on the cpn site. Several abx posters have repeatedly bragged about their high IQs on ThisIsMS—not explicity stated, but by implication, anyone who doesn’t decide to try anti-biotics is I guess pretty stupid, or, by implication, people who take abx are far superior to anyone who doesn’t pursue that choice.
Equally offensive to me personally, and my personal reaction is one of feeling brutalized, are repeated assertions by several abx posters that anyone who might choose not to take abx is a) very happy to have MS and b) not interested in doing anything about it.
I for one am not particularly excited about participating in a message board where, as a member, I am repeatedly, explicitly or implicitly negatively regarded and labeled as a skeptical, stupid, idiot, happy to have been diagnosed with MS and with absolutely no interest in trying to better manage it. A skeptic I am, a stupid idiot, perhaps, but happy to have been diagnosed with MS and with absolutely no interest in trying to better manage it I am not.
I experience those particular accusations, though not aimed at me directly, as emotionally cruel and abusive, very hurtful and stressful.
Colin--this is your thread.
Congratulations on completing the protocol and your recovery. I'm glad "you're not done yet". Keep going.