Pretty intense Patrick, but a real interesting outlook.
Thank you for your perspective Patrick.
Oddly, earlier there was a thread at ThisIsMS which discussed the fact that people likely to enroll in clinical trials were also more likely to be the sort to try alternative therapies, supplements and mega dose vitamins....with the point being that those same people would also be less likely to avoid doing "everything in their power" to fight MS..ie: be less likely to restrict themselves to abide only the terms of a clinical trial.
I find this interesting as I am one who adhered to the protocol to the letter. I am also one who did not seek alternative therapies, i.e., eastern medicine or off label or supplements or mega dose vitamins. Maybe I am an anomaly but I believed in the veracity of the protocol (maybe it's my background) and the results are only as good as the participants and their input.
We've obviously noticed along the way that there is long list of known substances which can mask mrtc's and "goof up" Tovaxin treatment. We can only guess whether the list is complete or if there are other substances which negate the effect of Tovaxin in the same way that certain factors seem to render other vaccines useless.
I doubt we'll ever know, but it would be interesting to know what percentage of Tovaxin IIb participants involved themselves in other things, and I'd guess the percentage was fairly high.
Then again, I don't think Lew has done anything "funny" along the way and hasn't seemed to experience any benefit from being on the "real thing" for some time.
If I knew what is causing my negative MRTC test results, I would be elated at this point. This 90 day waiting period between blood draws in killing me!!