From a very young age, myself and others in my family were able to do a host of “parlor tricks”. Dislocation and subluxation of joints. We had the ability to extend beyond the norm, or watch as for mysterious reasons legs and feet turned purple and blue, or a host of other outside the norm issues ranging from light headiness to heart palpitations to days of malaise. Thank goodness for Dr. Mike who was able to connect the dots and provide not only a diagnosis but also help.
Our family has been greatly impacted by the work of Dr. Michael Holick, a man who has dedicated his career to important advances in medicine, including his work on the diagnosis and treatment of Metabolic bone diseases, genetic disorders of collagen and elastin matrix including Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS).
The work that Dr. Holick does has changed so many lives, including the lives of individuals in my own family. Michael is the definition of a physician that goes above and beyond for his patients, caring about them holistically, and working with teams of physicians to ensure their care. Michael is passionate about his work and cares deeply about the well-being of his patients. It is this passion and dedication that drives his relentless pursuit of medical breakthroughs, but also puts him in conflict with those that want to protect the status quo.
Despite his recent published findings that one gene, CCDC134, can have mutations that cause bone fragility in children even before birth (Children Journal – Fetal Fractures in an Infant), which supports his long-held belief that there is at least one other genetic cause for infantile fractures other than osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) and child abuse (non-accidental trauma), he has still lost his practice at Boston Medical and needs our help to fight back and continue to advocate for all those that he cares for.