Monthly Archives June 2018

Hamilton seminar returns 2018

Organiser, Linda Bell is working on the line-up of speakers and topics. Both Hamilton’s and Wellington’s seminars continue to attract prominent rheumatology specialists who can impart a professional view of treatments, their worth and availability. Some parts, of necessity, are technical but there’s always a question time when you can have things explained or get some expert, free advice on something about scleroderma and its related conditions. Keep in mind that scleroderma is a complex auto-immune disease and that most members will know more about its symptoms than many GPs. The Hamilton seminar is your chance to find out more
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Does it or does it not?

A book review by Rob Tomkies. The New Arthritis Breakthrough, by Henry Scammell. The cover states “The only medical therapy clinically proven to produce long term improvement and remiss ion [in] rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, Juvenile RA, Fibromyalgia, scleroderma, Spondyloarthropathy and other forms of Arthritis”. The book is a biography of Thomas McPherson Brown M.D.. It explains his frustration at having his research ignored by the majority of medicos. Dr Brown died in 1989, 3 years before this publication. The book has aged but not the message Dr Brown believe through early research that the aforementioned conditions were virus-based. There was
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Hospital survival kit

A lot is said about civil emergencies and survival kits. At Wellington’s May meeting, member, Adrienne, showed us all how to how to draw up a hospital kit. She realised when she was a guest of the nurses and doctors that many things she would like to have had with her weren’t to be found. And so, she drew up her own hospital survival kit; those things that sit on a shelf within easy reach at home, taken for granted, but which aren’t to be found in hospital. Any bag or small suitcase can be loaded with the kit, to
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President’s annual report 2018

I hope that you are all keeping warm at this time of year, with plenty of layers, a warm home and don’t forget to exercise to your ability. We are all different on this one. We had sad losses of members this year. We will remember them all in our hearts. I hope that you are all coping. It is difficult and we all cope in different ways, Remember that we are all here to support each other. We also have members experiencing difficult times with their scleroderma. Our thoughts and support are with you all. I thank the committee
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