Hey, National Multiple Sclerosis Society I’m calling you out, and by the way, that is not a number one I’m holding up under that bag.
Your days of placing the interests of drug companies first are numbered. You mislead and withhold information from the very people you claim you are trying to help, and have tricked your donors and volunteers as well. Changing your slogan from “Finding a cure” to “Living well with MS” doesn’t sit well with those looking for hope.
A major medical journal published overwhelmingly positive results about HSCT, and you simply dismiss it.
This post is not to make you look bad, as you’re doing a great job of doing that yourself, but to issue a challenge for a debate. I’ll bring my people, and you bring yours. I’ll even come to you, just name the time and place.
Full disclosure so you can prepare: I’ll be standing shoulder to shoulder with people that had their MS progression stopped from HSCT.
One condition, it needs to be public.
Let’s have a war of words over some of the information that people with multiple sclerosis have been told by their doctors while you sit idly by with your hand out promoting bike rides and walks all for the benefit of your jobs, and big pharms bottom line.
Here are a few of my favorites lines all said by neurologists:
Will they still charge you when you die?
Too risky and proven not to work.
Your MS is not bad enough.
Your MS is too bad.
And my favorite: We don’t know much about HSCT.
If my kid came home from school with a bad grade on a history test and said it was because they didn’t know much about the material, they would lose their video game system for a month. HSCT has been performed for over thirty years, so why don’t you or the neurologists know much about it? Time to take all of your video games away too.
The Big Pharm machine is using your society to mask their ugly face. You have done zero to educate people about the only known treatment to stop multiple sclerosis. You have gone to great lengths however to promote drugs that people will have to be on for a lifetime. The cost for Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, if insurance doesn’t pay, is a onetime cost of approximately $60,000. The drugs you push cost that much for a year supply.
From your own website, you recommend that MS activists use the #accesstomeds as an example for us hip digital activists to use. I could think of a million other hashtags to suggest other than pushing for drugs. Could the hashtag #findacure, #tellourpeepsabouthsct, #learnabouthsct have been more suitable?
Consider me your Cousin Eddie. I’m going to keep showing up unannounced, and I’ll be a constant embarrassment to you. Or worse, maybe I’ll be that ex-boyfriend that just happens to keep showing up at the same bars as you even though you the judge issued a restraining order. Either comparison suits me fine.
So, National Multiple Sclerosis Society hit me up. I’m ready when you are.
P.S. If you are one of the local chapters educating people about HSCT, disregard.