User talk:Sean Heron
Hey Sean - I saw you made a change on the Battle of Latakia page, saw that you're new, so I wanted to say - welcome to Wikipedia. I'm Mark, and I'm one of the administrators here. If you have any questions, you can ask at the Newcomer's Help desk or privately on my talk page. Good luck, and welcome to Wikipedia. →Raul654 16:56, Apr 17, 2004 (UTC)
Hi Sean, Thanks for your comments on my talk page. Yeah, I did a bit of work on the MS page but got a bit fed up with a couple of the other editors - one who didn't believe that references to personal experience pages were relevant and the other who didn't accept the Cochrane meta-studies, which showed that none of the immune drug strategies against the disease were effective against the long-term disease course, were relevant. I'm someone with MS who wants to see more work on the actual cause of the disease so that treatments can be accurately directed against the inexorably creeping long-term disability instead of short-term relapses. This is what people with MS want to see but the "establishment" view is that treatments are there and getting better all the time. That's not what I see. While the dogma that MS is autoimmune persists as the orthodox position, nothing is going to change. Clearly, there is an immune component in MS. The issue is whether it is the cause or whether both the disability and the immune response in MS are caused by a third process - perhaps apotosis or a virus like Epstein-Barr (who knows?). All we know is that treatments that mask out the immune response (and the resulting short-term disability) are getting quite effective but that there is nothing at all for long-term disability.
All in all, and against very effective resistance from other editors, I don't feel inclined to edit this page.
Thank you very much for you note and for your contributions to balance the article. These were much needed and now, I think, the NPOV criticism can be put to rest. It will be interesting to see whether this report provides an historical turning point, or whether, coming from the same stable, it is just another dodgy dossier. Kind regards Fentonrobb
I had a quick scan of your edits and see you are interested in socially relevant issues. Keep up the good work! Also I support the issues highlighted by Wikitruth. We have to fight to ensure Wikipedia doesn't suffer the fate of other centrally controlled bureaucracies.Chendy 22:24, 23 June 2007 (UTC)
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