May 212010

Sometimes I ponder why has the cause of Multiple Sclerosis not been identified. Why is is Lyme treatment filled with so much controversy. In the end we are either in a very dark period or we are getting dumber. In my casual surfing I came across this paraphrase of a larger article:

Scientists at this year’s XXVIIth General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil agree that we do not yet know how ubiquitous or how fragile life is, but that: ‘The Earth’s period of habitability is nearly over on a cosmological timescale. In a half to one billion years the Sun will start to be too luminous and warm for water to exist in liquid form on Earth, leading to a runaway greenhouse effect in less than 2 billion years.’ Other surprising claims from this conference: that the Sun may not be the ideal kind of star to nurture life, and that the Earth may not be the ideal size.

Their numerous propositions defy the scientific principle because they are all untestable. Regardless, a bunch a highly accredited people got together and came up with this series of propositions that really just boils down to speculation. Maybe speculation, guessing, bias, rhetoric, etc. is the new science.

Of course this ties in very nicely with Lyme. Lyme, as complex as it is, can be is something that you can study and test. Fortunately there are people that do study Lyme. How is it then that so many people got to testify at the IDSA hearing about their untested personal beliefs. I’ll be fair a personal account should not have been there either. In the end I guess none of it mattered.

  6 Responses to “Speculation ≠ Science”

  1. Eric, thanks for sharing all of your knowledge with others. I was diagnosed in 2008 with Lyme, after years of medical issues. Keep it up! I will be following your posts.

    If you would like to follow mine (listed as website) you will need to request accesss for mine is very personal and private. More like my diary.

  2. I see your blog is now open. Glad to see that. Nice blog. Keep up the good fight.

  3. I guess easy come easy go. Maybe the access today was a blogger malfunction. Regardless, what I briefly saw was interesting. I recommend opening it up.

    Your post on Wilson leaving was interesting, and was news to me. He was one of the doctors I was originally considering. Pathetic that the Lyme world is so controversial.

  4. Hi Erik,
    My main wish and purpose every time I do the MS Walk is to walk for the cure. The cure for me entails finding the cause. I do not believe that many are actually trying to find a cause, they are trying to find a delay. There is no money in trying to find out why. There is no money in trying to eradicate this. We are, in our quest for knowledge, becoming dumber. Sad indeed!

  5. Mouse,
    As always a pleasure to hear from you. I agree that was my purpose with the walks too. I fully agree there is no money in a cure, and as much money as we raise the drug companies sponsor most of the research.

  6. I have had much success using bee venom. It acts as a decoy and has anti-inflammatory benefits. It will soon be used more frequently having been shown on the Dr.OZ show and The Doctors. There may be people where you live that can do this for you. It has made a huge difference for myself.

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