The Renaissance of Aspirin: Glenn Parris
“ Fibromyalgia (FM or FMS) is characterized by chronic widespread pain and allodynia (a heightened and painful response to pressure). Fibromyalgia symptoms are not restricted to pain, leading to the use of the alternative term fibromyalgia syndrome for the condition. The symptoms and disease hamper a person’s everyday life. Fatigue, sleep disturbance and join stiffness are just some of people report. Others have trouble swallowing, bladder and bowel abnormalities, numbness and tingling and even cognitive dysfunction. Sometimes patients exhibit psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety or even posttraumatic stress disorder. Imagine having this syndrome or disease and having to deal with it on a daily basis. The exact cause is unknown but believe to involve genetic, neurobiological and environmental factors.
Imagine what would happen if someone came up with a cure, or even a way to detect the illness. Imagine what would happen if there was a drug that could relieve you of your daily pain and allow you to live a better life. A research project has begun and many are involved. Hoping that this new medical breakthrough would help treat patients with fibromyalgia. As the story opens we learn about two test groups that are about to receive either the real drug or the placebo. Meet Helen and Annie both waiting for their shots hoping that they will be pain free. But, only one will survive and only one receives the real drug and the end result will shock readers when all is said and done. Dr. Anita Thomas has created a drug that would cost less and help these patients. Taking part in the research project from the start she becomes involved with two young men who are looking into another area that crosses within the parameters of what she hopes to accomplish. Money, greed and two young doctors, Anita Thomas and Jack Wheaton get caught in huge crossfire to help find and protect the potential cure for this disease. Will they find a cure for this illness? As we meet Helen and Annie two older women who are suffering from this syndrome, wanting to get cured both decide to take a chance by switching bags, sharing the shots and hoping each one will benefit. But, after an infusion session, Helen leaves and Annie is driving home and has a fatal seizure due to the drug or was it?
The Nordstrom Clinic Research Center is where the study is taking place. Hoping to squelch the fact that another study existed at the same time they produced their drug, measures would be taken to discredit anyone, like Anita Thomas who was digging into genetics. Their goal was to discredit her, fire her and make sure that she never worked in a lab again. But, Anita had sources within Homeland Security that protected her and although she was now a primary target for those who would resort to any measures to rid the world of her and anyone else, it would take more than just firing her to stop what she has set in motion.
Anita Thomas has been working on state of the art new breakthrough treatment for fibromyalgia. This is an illness with no cure. But, someone is looking over her shoulder and wants her stopped. With lives and money at stake and a drug already being tested and trials on the market, Anita is fired for being in the wrong place at the wrong time and has been sent as we might say to the dungeon or basement lab. But, this is where her troubles take on more powerful route and her boss is watching over her shoulder when they find out she is about to announce a breakthrough that would go back in time over 50 thousand years. Linking it to our past, the Fame Days Project sent a flurry of SUSAR messages: Suspected Unanticipated Serious Adverse reports. Anita befriended two young MIT students: Gil and Harry who were working new avenues of research. But, someone wanted them stopped and the end result was both were killed. With Gil’s father, Dr. Wesley Hargrove an important man in Georgia and Dean of Internal Medicine, he was interested in Anita’s work. They were working on Micromolecular research and genomic engineering. Thinking that she might have had a breakthrough in fibromyalgia since her thesis discussed the dietary aspects of hominids. But, Anita and Gil become closer and when Anita needs to move her car, Gil offers to do it for her and it explodes. Gil is one dwarf that is murdered and Anita needs some protection and receives it from the General of Homeland Security. Her doctorate and credentials changed with someone else she becomes an intern working under Jack Wheaton at Hamilton Medical Center.
Enter a pharmaceutical representative named Lucy who is selling more than her product. Working along with a man named Jason and another named Qwirk she manages to infiltrate herself not only into the hospital but in the good graces of many doctors too. As Jack witnessed the murder of Dr. Selena Butler and her assistant Ms. Chen he could not believe what the response to his revelations were. Told to hold off and not call the local authorities about the murders he was told that Homeland Security would take matters into their own hands and clean up the mess. But, a close friend and intern is murdered, someone named Khandi Barr comes into the picture and is helpful when information is needed as she/he learns about the death of Al who is close to her. As Helen is about to undergo serious brain surgery and readers are held captive by those trying to stop what so many need: a trial drug that would help reduce or eliminate pain but why are some patients getting seizures and what is Lucy’s true motive? When the truth comes out that Anita Thomas has found a cheaper drug is that why she becomes a target? The owner and creator of the drug would make millions but those at Nordstrom Clinic have other ideas and money is to be made and they intend to be the ones to make it.
But, Anita has connections and is able to find a way to get the information she needs because she has national security clearance from Homeland security and can assess confidential files. Describing on pages 292-294 what she was trying to do and how her research traced back to Africa over 30 thousand years ago. Added in she explains how this is related to why and how animals survive during periods of hibernation and how the drug she found could be infused in humans to help with the pain and much more.
Fibromyalgia affects millions and the disease is painful. Imagine a drug that would take away the pain. Glazer is the pharmaceutical company that Lucy says she works for and the drug is FMDS400. But, when Al Williams is shot and killed and other lives are in danger both Anita and Jack fall prey to deadly killers playing a deadly game.
Orson Quirk, Dr. Wesley Hargrove and many others just how do they link together and who can be trusted? When the truth comes out and the sides are drawn which one will Jack take? Read page 363 and learn just what they found and where the experiment and research will take them. What exactly did Lucy find besides her way into the bed of Jack and many others? Why was she disposable and why did they also kill Dr. Dasher and Stormi?
But, Jack learns that no everything or everyone can be trusted as he is blamed for several murders and taken into custody because someone has cleverly made it look like he is a killer. With Lucy out of the way and her accomplice David gone too, Jack was the perfect one to blame. Watching both Lucy and David on camera and realizing that she wanted to killer her lover the end result is startling and the final result will bring down more than just Jack. An ending that will leave you wondering what is next for Jack and Anita and if their paths will ever cross again. Will Jack be cleared or will he be blamed and convicted? What about the drug for the disease? What actually came out of it all and is there a test for fibro? The Renaissance of Aspirin: Renewal of Life, rebirth of a drug called Aspirin that thins blood and maybe there will be a rebirth of a drug for Fibro.
Interesting characters that blend well together and an issue that warrants more research and hopefully a successful outcome. Will there ever be a cure or will the pain continue? Find out more about Fibro when you read The Renaissance of Aspirin and learn more.
Fran Lewis: Reviewer