Saturday, January 16, 2010

Suggested wording of letter to doctors

Here is the suggested wording (slightly altered by me) for a letter developed by TiMS contributor GetActve to send to appropriate local doctors (perhaps especially interventional radiologists and/or vascular specialists):

Dear Doctor XXX,

As you might have heard the newest idea for MS treatment/cause is Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency. I have included an article from the MSAA's medical director about the idea (see link for a copy of the article). There is a lot of research going on about this right now.

It was so interesting to read today about the history of this research, starting in 1860 when a doctor said MS was a venous disease. Of special interest to me is the research of Dr. Putnam where he actually produced MS type lesions in dogs (1935) by compressing veins. He then tried to treat MS with blood thinners unsuccessfully, and his ideas were dropped as others have spent the last 70 years treating MS as an immune system disease.

Please consider treating these vein problems as Dr. Dake at Stanford and doctors in Albany NY, Italy and Poland have been doing. This is going to be a huge thing for the interventional radiologists to be involved in!


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