Repurposing Medications—Chicken Manure, Erectile Dysfunction, and Finding the Golden Needle in the Haystack of Absurdity
Reporting on a small series of patients with severe Hailey-Hailey disease recalcitrant to conventional therapies who responded remarkably and quickly to low-dose, compounded oral naltrexone. This discovery seems to have its origins in patient word of mouth; specifically through online Hailey-Hailey disease support groups. Where once there was a water cooler or barber shop around which remedy anecdotes were swapped, today’s patient is online, connected to large volumes of information and to others with similar conditions. Chat rooms, blogs, vlogs, Twitter feeds, Facebook followings, podcasts, YouTube posts, and disease advocacy websites are all examples of the ways patients stay connected to the latest “hot topic” in disease management. We often then find patients bringing to our offices printed web pages describing the latest therapeutic claims and asking for thoughts, permissions, or prescriptions.