The thing I have been working on for the last 15 years is the basal ganglia. When I first started working on them, most people thought they were purely motor -- they controlled when your arm moved, and motor motivation in terms of getting your feet started when you walk up the stairs. It's now very clear that it extends to cognitive issues as well, and to emotional ones, and they're all very tangled up in this part of the brain. I was seeing this in my patients with Parkinson's. For example, two weeks ago a patient came in who was a [newspaper] columnist and her first symptom had been writer's block -- then depression, and then Parkinson's. It wasn't a coincidence. It was the same disease affecting different parts of the basal ganglia. We were talking about her writer's block and she began to cry, because no one had taken it seriously before.
“You know we’ve been looking at autoimmune issues for close to 25 years because a lot of times when people march into doctors with this kind of symptomtology they’ll get worked up for mixed connective tissue dissease and they’ll start looking at ANAs antiDNAs and sed rates. Pretty soon they scratch their heads and say, 'Well you kinda fit…." but you can never see something in my opinion that meets the criteria for a mainline autoimmune disease." “We’ve been waiting for lupus to erupt out of this diseae for 25 years, we’ve never seen that.” “Never happens” "We’ve been waiting for rheumatory arthritis, never happens.”