Another TSW Doctors to Know
I would like to talk about a very special couple. They are a hard-working, dedicated couple who are in a constant battle against the conventional Topical Steroid-based treatment of Atopic Dermatitis(AD).
They are Dr. Kenji Sato and Dr. Mitsuko Sato. You've probably never heard of them unless you saw some of my previous posts (like this one). They are both doctors who specialise in Topical Steroid Withdrawal(TSW), Protopic Withdrawal(PW) and Moisturiser Withdrawal(MW). They are not well-known outside Japan - they are not even listed on the ITSAN website. But in Japan, they've been at the forefront of TSW.
Dr. Kenji Sato is in his mid-60s (although he doesn't look like it!). He is a full-time dermatologist at Hannan Chuo Hospital in Osaka, where they provide the inpatients facility for people during TSW. Dr. Mitsuko Sato, his wife, is a pediatrician who also specialises in TSW for babies and children. Their clinics are safe havens for people who decide to go through TSW in Japan.
They have published two very practical how-to-TSW books (I translated bits here and here). They regularly travel across Japan to give speeches to raise awareness of TSA. So far, more than 3000 people attended their presentations. There is also a non-profit organisation called Atopic, which is formed by Dr. Satos' patients. Like ITSAN, they have an online discussion board and SNS page, where both doctors regularly answer questions by patients. They have blogs as well. In addition to their full-time jobs, they've been doing all these extra works to share their expertise and to raise awareness. What an amazing work ethic! Do they have time to sleep? I always imagine them like Japanese superheros. Fighting against the side effects of TS day and night for the sake of the peace of his patients.
Why am I suddenly talking about them, you may wonder? That is because I went to see them in person yesterday! They held a free talk event in Tokyo, and I decided to go back to Japan for it.
I would like to share what I learnt from the doctors' presentations very soon. At the moment, I am trying to organise things in my head - it was a long day filled with smiles... :)
Happy healing everyone x