Jan 282014


and it’s not Tilex!

I finally got around to reading about Tecfidera; Biogen’s newest drug to combat lesions in MS. The chemical they are using, dimethyl fumarate (DMF), is not a new one; they are just repackaging it. What I also found interesting is that the EU banned DMF for health reasons. That would concern me that the “active ingredient” was banned for health reasons. I guess that aside the reductions in relapses are pretty good though much like I said with Tysabri so would it be with arsenic.

I guess I do not understand why a researcher would look at this chemical, DMF, and think treatment for MS. It almost feels like this is the throwing darts at a wall and see what sticks. Who would have thought that your next MS drug came from your household cleaner. Furthermore, it appears that Biogen is only wrapping it in a fancy tablet for the nice price of about $55,000 (and yes I know about their $10 program that I am sure I would not qualify).

Also, I looked at the MSDS for DMF and the risks are pretty much identical to Tecfidera. The big difference is that Tecfidera has even more risks. Of course the usual of risk of infection and cancer but there are additional pregnancy risks too. I like how the drug is in Pregnancy Category C which is all ill effects have been seen in animals; of course because it has been recently released. It is ripe to be a Pregnancy Category X and lucky for you Biogen has a Pregnancy Registry with an 800 number setup to report problems during pregnancy.

Jan 212014

I guess we will have to see where this goes. I have certainly mentioned the idea of bacteria responsible for MS in the past on the blog. Of that there has not been anything else I have heard about an L-form bacteria and MS.

The article discusses a different way that a particular bacteria, Clostridium (C.) perfringens type B, could be causing problems and that is with its toxin. What I found most interesting is that it lives in your intestines and the researchers hope to find a probiotic for treatment.

Do not get too excited. This has all the markers of “too good to be true.” Maybe you can have your doctor write you a prescription for an antibiotic just to be sure. 🙂

Jan 162014

Apparently a recurring theme here. As my personal diet leaves a lot to be desired, health wise :-), maybe I should try one of these out. This one comes via my mother-in-law’s doctor who inadvertently brought this diet up again (Wow, two years!). The doctor she works for is ex-OB/GYN and has turned into a functional medicine doctor (I had to look up what that was). On a funny note my mother-in-law’s son now thinks she is working for a witch.

She recommends Dr. Terry Wahls for the treatment of MS, also a functional medicine doctor. Briefly looking at her website she made a remarkable recovery from her wheelchair and secondary progressive MS. She now has her own protocol for curing/treating multiple sclerosis which is the Wahls Protocol. Reading about the Wahls Protocol it appears to mostly be the Paleo Diet. On a positive note you can try out the plan and see if it works for you.

As I said in the previous post on this: Tis the season to go on a diet. Good luck

Jan 112014

-SchlitzBest news ever! 😉

Well maybe not that good, but they are reporting that it does help prevent. I guess good news to all of your friends who just celebrated with a new year party. If you look at the data it is not that impressive, but it’s alcohol so it’s making big news. I think they should qualify for an Ignoble award.  Enjoy your beer in the new year.  Congratulations!

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