Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Be Careful

Those were my words to a man with ALS as we parted, having discussed some patients' do-it-yourself trial of an experimental treatment. The look on his face made me add, "I realize that the 'careful' bar is a lot lower when you have ALS."

Bright patients have researched and with neither multi-million-dollar budgets nor a cadre of scientists and clinicians, they have decided to roll some dice. They know that the risks are there, but the risk of not doing anything is clear, too.

We watch and we pray that they do no harm and perhaps will find something that will help... or at least will provide some clues for scientists and other patients.

The speed of research and clinical trials and approvals and healthcare delivery can't come close to the speed of ALS. We must fix that!

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