My this reply is chiefly to Buzza, Ant, Lyndall and Tanootz.
Dr Parratt's comment about Gilenya seem okay — no magic cures, but giving it time.
I would find fresh lesions scary.
I have had a highly hypochondriac family background.
I was mis-labelled, rather than diagnosed with a psychiatric illness rather than a this neurological one.
For 10-15 years of disease activity.
I accept Tysabri as an OK option—my scans are good in response to Tysabri after quite a set of infusions (upwards of a dozen).
John is vigilant for JCV, and I want to stop it in good time.
2-3 years tends to be a minimum for lifestyle interventions to really start to add up, I remember from the OMS retreat.
Some doctors are in favour of OMS, some just aren't opposed; they just rely on what THEY can do.
The remainder, the opposition, do not seem tempting to try to get help from!
One interesting comment I remember was from a doctor with the Florey Institute. He spoke about Karen Law
who claims great benefits from OMS (she was in an ABC radio series). 'A sprinkle of hopehttp://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/karen-law/3800938
He would not speak to lifestyle medicine other than saying that people's senses of agency and hope are vital.
People who just submit to medical treatment with a 'doctors knows best' attitude don't tend to do so well...
P.S. If anyone got a magazine about George and OMS from RNSH or Dr Parratt's offices at St Leonards, they can
thank the Gawler foundation, my partner Tim, and the staff present...