This is my backup plan to my willpower failing. As a man I know it has always been a personal dream to turn a pregnancy test positive and now I could get my chance. In my experience pregnant women do not lose weight but I visit a quack and he sells it as a diet. The unbelievable plan on how you too can lose weight being pregnant or just pass a pregnancy test:
Not quite that exiting.
For a while I have blamed the majority of my problems on my diet. My diet is a lot of bad habits but getting the desire and persistence to change is hard. Eriksgirl decided to sign up for Slim 4 Life to lose a few pounds, her friends have had very good results. I went with her to join the program. I could certainly stand to lose a few pounds but the goal was to establish better habits. We set up a meeting to get signed up and all was going well. The problem came when they were going over the paperwork and I had a medical condition that failed me from their diet, and I still do not understand.
Because I have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis I am regularly recruited to MS studies for my opinion. If it is a drug which they do not provide a name they always call it Product X. This was another Product X study on a new drug. During the hour long one on one interview we discussed marketing phrasing for the new drug. All of phrasings were bad and they really liked to use “New technology….” has brought a better drug. I discussed there is a disconnect between technology and my health, drugs, etc. but I would lay money it is what they use.
My coworker Chris has been biking the MS 150 for years now. I received an email the other day that he is again doing the ride and seeking donations. If you are looking to give to the National MS Society I recommend you donate through Chris. I am thankful to Chris and the other bikers for their efforts. Safe travels.
You can click here to quickly contribute or here is an excerpt from the email he sent me:
I was trying to think of a word that best described MS/Lyme and I think the word is inexplicable. For me, years ago, life was going along normally and then out of nowhere big problems started. I tried to write them off, and some went away. But much like the old adage problems that go away by themself will also come back by themself. So now as much as life is full of inexplicable things I now have the MS/Lyme which is a constant on and off for no reason. It is better, but not gone.
While not new news the weirdest thing, other than getting MS, was when Katja was “upright” again. I like to hear inexplicable stories of things going good for a change.
I see all the new articles that they have found a new link to what causes MS: salt. Sadly super sizing the fries causes more than high blood pressure and cholesterol issues. I read the article, and I should get an award for not going to sleep, and still fail to fully see the issue. A T cell that helps regulate your sodium levels increases with heavier salt intake. Sounds like the body working normally and well, but in the “mouse model” it was bad. If they would have just said that a bad diet is bad for you I could go with that, but linking it to an essential chemical for the body has jumped the shark.
I have noticed two other correlations with Multiple Sclerosis: Breathing and Water Consumption. Both of these happened in 100% of people with MS. This should also be investigated for possible links to the disease.
As I was trying to go to sleep the other night with a MS headache I was wondering if that is the most common symptom. I have written about headaches (9 years ago – time flies) before and this one fit the pattern. Like other people I get normal headaches which are usually sinus or caffeine I guess these are just a bonus. This last headache was a good example of a MS headache because it repeated for days and only affected my right temple which I believe is a first for me. Caffeine headaches for me are always both temples. The most common type of MS headache for me is one affecting the parietal area, back of the head. I have had a repeated lesion in the back of my brain so that seems to makes sense. This last headache was low on the pain scale, maybe a 3, but it was not compatible with sleep because apparently I am a pansy. Fortunately ibuprofen has always taken care of the headaches.
Back in February I was contacted by someone wanting to discuss my MS condition and when I was born, etc. In my post I noted that Ron the astrologer predicted a flare up, with no personal information from me. Maybe he is psychic too.
Apparently per this article Ron was onto something. Neurologists now links birth month to your risk for getting MS. Paraphrasing the article if you are a Aries or Taurus you are in trouble, but if you are a Scorpio or Sagittarius you should be fine. No doubt some time soon your neurologist will use Tarot cards for treatment and diagnosis. I eagerly await my reading.
Less scandalously this is just another Vitamin D study and linking it back to pregnancy. I am all for blaming my parents but this is a bit of old news.
For a few days I had pain in the balls of my left foot. I had this type of pain back in 2007 which my LLMD, at th\e time, blamed on gout. No surprise the antibiotics/antimalarials fixed the problem with no diet change. The pain had never come back until recently. Even though it had been years I immediately wondered if it was MS or Lyme. Probably just a weird pain. I am sure most people have weird pains occasionally. Having been diagnosed with a chronic problem I think my natural inclination is to “worry” more over normal pains/things. Maybe that is another complaint I have with the diagnosis. Nothing can be normal again.
I think Canada study brings up a great question because in hindsight are interferons even a rational treatment? What are the interferons treating? Interferons are not the best understood thing in the body, but importantly they are already made in the body. Why when we are already making interferon b1a do we want to inject more? And if I recall it made out of Chinese hamster ovary cells. I was never checked to see if my interferon levels were low and needed boosting with a shot. Furthermore, in the body interferon is made as needed as an immune response to viruses, etc. Is the contention with taking the interferons that I have an infection that they will fixed. I certainly know the injections certainly never kept me from getting sick with other “infections.”