Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Marshall Protocol (Chasing the Cure) Part 1

Once you have had sarcoidosis for a while and the first line treatments fail you will start looking or maybe more accurately you will start chasing a cure.  After all TV and movies have taught us that medical science can conquer all!  The internet is a popular choice for chasing cures and once you begin your internet searches it is only a matter of time before you run across two things, The Marshall Protocol and The Sarcoidosis Cookbook.  The Sarcoidosis Cookbook I can address very quickly, eating healthy can't hurt but it ain't gonna cure you and as for the Marshall Protocol I am not sure I have all the answers but I am going to give it a shot.

The Marshall Protocol is a treatment regime originally created for sarcoidosis by Trevor Marshall, hence the name.  He is an Australian that was diagnosed with sarcoidosis in the 70's sometime, I can't remember the exact time and trust me it is not relevant.  Anywho is was quite fortunate that Trevor Marshall was a doctor and was able to turn his knowledge towards finding a cure for sarcoidosis.  The previous sentence was sarcasm, Trevor Marshall does not have a medical degree.

Trevor Marshall was an electrical engineer before he was diagnosed.  I have a great deal of respect for electrical engineers, it is a highly specialized field that requires intelligence and discipline, especially to receive a PHD.  I don't have a problem with an electrical engineer bringing his skills and knowledge to try and cure a disease he has, in fact often a fresh perspective is just what is needed.  What I do have a problem with is a person that represents themselves as a doctor to people with a disease and does not make it clear he is not a medical doctor.

I have witnessed many online fights about Trevor Marshall and whether he is "qualified" to research sarcoidosis.  I do not have a side when it comes down to whether or not he is "qualified" but I think it is disingenuous of him not to make it clear that he is not a medical doctor.  I can not think of legitimate reason why he does not make this clear.  If you can think of a legitimate reason I will be happy to give you credit and insert that legitimate reason here.

This concludes part one and I know that was short and sweet but I do not want to get into the weeds with the people arguing about everything he has done in his life and whether that makes him a good person or not.  You can make anyone look like an ass if you only present certain parts of their lives and edit it in a non flattering way.  For example I have been married three times and my two ex wives are not very fond of me, okay that was a bad example I can't think of a positive way to spin that unless you say I never give up?

Not so super secret post script:

This post is shorter than others I have recently posted.  Theoretically that is on purpose and not because I am lazy.  I am going to try and present one point at a time and keep the posts shorter than War and Peace.