Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Angst, Answers and Azilect

Post 61
Martha and I had the pleasure of attending a breakfast buffet hosted by Teva Neuroscience.  Teva is the company that manufactures and markets Azilect, or rasagiline . I have never been prescribed this drug.

The Teva  people impressed me as representing a first class company.  They hosted the gathering in a nice hotel with  good food, and a table full of free handouts, books and funny little spaceship pens.

The event was a form of PD 101, with a slideshow presentation by Dr.  Amy Colcher  MD, Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania.  I heard her talk at a similar gathering about a year ago. She is knowledgeable and a good speaker; she explores a complex subject with her audience and makes it understandable.

I tell you all of this, Dear Reader, to explain how I arrived at an observation about the Parkinson’s community. People are hungry for answers where there are none.

At one point , the good doctor gave the audience permission to ask questions at any time during her presentation. This had the effect of pretty much ending the presentation, as it opened a floodgate of questions about alternative care, as if somehow the real secret of ending the suffering of P.D. was in a vitamin bottle, on a massage table or at the end of an  acupuncturists' needle.

We humans need to have hope to carry on. If one finds solace in the possibility that fish oil and garlic will lessen P.D.’s hold on us, then what is the harm?

Ultimately, we the afflicted must find our own way to what is works for us.

Spaceship pen
                                                     Spaceship Pen

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rasagiline      www.azilect.com/

1 comment:

  1. Awesome blog, Michael. I love your sense of humor and your writing style. I also appreciate the brevity of your posts. It really sucks one in. I'll be checking in from time to time, but thinking of you far more often that that. Good luck, friend.
    - Jamie