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We are making progress so...

PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 2:16 pm
by malory
Let's continue. There are still sufferers out there feeling lonely and alienated because they don't know what on earth is wrong with them. Let's raise awareness to help them, lead them to diagnosis and/or the support of our network. Our community is great and can be even greater...

Gentle Reminder on November 16th: Raising Awareness
We are making progress as far as raising awareness is concerned, but we can’t expect the general public to know about malodour conditions when the medical establishments don’t.

This is a good time to remind the medical establishments of our presence; for the first time in the UK in 150 years, there will be a legislative change regarding the monitoring of General Practitioners’ efficiency. In view of these changes, which will involve GPs coming under scrutiny, it may be that GPs are prompted into reflecting on their ‘continuing professional development’ and also the manner in which they interact with patients. In light of this, it seems a good time to remind the medical organisations and the health secretary that people with odour disorders not only exist but expect and deserve help.

On NOVEMBER 16th 2012, we could all send brief, polite e-mails and letters to the contacts below. My e-mail (less than 200 words) may be something like this:

Although you may have been contacted before regarding raising awareness of foul-odour-producing conditions such as TMAU (Trimethylaminuria), there has been little improvement in the situation for odour sufferers. I write now at a time when Sir Bruce Keogh is encouraging doctors to stay up to date with current developments in medicine.

• Some odour sufferers are still being misdiagnosed or fobbed off by baffled GPs. Sometimes their conditions are dismissed as ‘psychological problems.’
• Despite the fact that many odour sufferers suffer bullying and ostracism, their conditions are not always taken seriously by medical professionals.
• Odour conditions are still taboo disorders: even in the metabolic unit at the UCL Neurology Hospital where many TMAU patients undergo consultations, there are no informative leaflets or posters regarding the condition.
• There are no government-backed initiatives to educate the general public about odour disorders despite the fact that the number of sufferers is unrecorded and ever-increasing (TMAU test requests trebled over the past 2 years).

Thank you so much for reading this e-mail. I hope it results in direct action to address the issues raised. Failing that, could you please forward this e-mail to as many colleagues and medical professionals as you can.

Royal College General Practitioners

Royal college of Physicians

General Medical council

Medical Research Council


Health MPs

Dental Orgs.